The Minnesota Timberwolves got going early jumping out to a 20-point lead, it looked as though Minnesota would be easily snapping that 11-game losing streak and the 27-game April losing streak. The fourth quarter came around and TWolves fans were kicking back, ready for the spoils of this easy win, unfortunately Will Bynum and the Piston reserves had other plans.
A furious rally led by Bynum, the Pistons were able to cut the lead to five points on the back of a 29-9 run. The score was 85-80 with just 37.7 seconds to play, but that was as close as they’d get. A couple of costly turnovers, some missed shots and the TWolves executing at the free throw line let them close out this one, 91-80. Willy Bynum didn’t play at all in the first three quarters, but played the entire fourth quarter and scored 17 points!
Minnesota grabs its first win in the month of April since 4/8/09 vs. the Warriors. They end that 11-game losing streak and grab their 26th win of the season.
The Detroit Pistons clearly looked like a team playing their third game in three nights. Our biggest question heading into this game was what Pistons team we’d see tonight. We saw Detroit beat Cleveland by 38 points two nights ago, then they lost to the Hawks by 32 points last night. I’d say we saw that team that lost by 32 to Atlanta last night in the first three quarters, then we saw that red-hot Pistons team that crushed the Cavs in the fourth quarter.
HOT: The Minnesota Timberwolves in the first three quarters. They shot 52% from the field in the first three, then under 30% from the field in the fourth.
The Detroit Pistons in the fourth quarter. They shot under 30% from the field in the first three quarters, then over 50% from the field from the field in the fourth.
NOT: I suppose you could just flip flop that. The Pistons were ‘cold’ for three quarters. The TWolves went ‘cold’ in the fourth.
MISC.: This was Randolph’s 2nd double-double of the season (15pts & 10reb), he also tied a season-high with 9 defensive rebounds…..Beasley had 13pts, 7reb, 4ast, 1stl, 1blk—those 4 assists are a new season-high……Derrick Williams added 11pts & 4reb off the bench……Pekovic’s 2 assists ties a season/career-high……
KEY STATS: The TWolves shot a higher percentage from the field, grabbed more rebounds (a +5), had more assists (a +10), more points in the paint (a +4) and more turnovers, but less points scored ‘off them’. Minnesota set a new high in defensive rebounds for the season with 43, but they also set new team lows in offensive rebounds (5), tied for second-least in steals (3) and had the second-least in fouls with 11. The Detroit Pistons set new TWolves opponent lows for the season, as well. They had the second-least FG% (36%) and tied for second-least in assists (14) and blocks (2).
UP NEXT: Sunday, April 22 vs. the Golden State Warriors, at the Target Center, tipoff 6pmCT
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