The Wolves found themselves down four points after the first quarter. Derrick Williams found his shot falling early as he ended the first quarter with 8pts & 5reb. The Wizards began the game looking to exploit their advantage in the paint (outscoring MIN in the paint 14-4) as Nene scored 6 of his points in the first and Okafor added 4pts, 4reb, 2ast, 2stls. The entire Wizards team got off to a hot start as they scorched the Wolves for 61.9% FG (13-21).
The second quarter saw the Wizards continue their hot shooting as they ended the first half shooting 59.5% and scoring 31 in the second quarter to take a 14-point 60-46 lead at the half. The Wolves were shooting just 40.9% at the half as well as 0-for-7 from deep. The "10-Day Duo" combined for 12 of the Wolves' 21 second quarter points, each (Mickael & Chris) scoring 6 apiece.
Things didn't get much better in the third quarter. The Wizards scored another 31 points in the third and actually took a 20+ lead during that quarter. The Wolves found themselves down 18 after three quarters. By that time the Wizards had 5 of their 6 players in double-figures and were well on their way to their 10th win of the season.
It was clear that the Wolves likely didn't have a fourth quarter rally in them. They did outscore Washington 28-23 in that final quarter, but were playing against the Wizards second (maybe even third) unit. Gelabale scored 8 of his 15 in that final quarter, while Crawford added 9 of his 19.
The Wolves are now 17-23 on the season, six games under .500 with the season slipping away VERY quickly. If we lose to the Bobcats tomorrow, I might just die.
D. Williams: 18pts, 11reb, 1ast, 1stl, 1fl, 6-17 FG, 1-3 3PT, 5-8 FT in 31 min.
A. Kirilenko: 17pts, 4reb, 2ast, 1blk, 3tos, 3fls,
5-9 FG, 1-3 3PT, 6-8 FT in 29 min.
M. Gelabale: 15pts, 7reb, 1ast, 1stl, 2tos, 1fl, 7-10 FG, 0-2 3PT, 1-2 FT in 26 bench min.
J. Crawford: 19pts, 3ast, 1stl, 1to, 1fl, 7-10 FG,
3-4 3PT, 2-2 FT in 23 bench min.
B. Beal: 16pts, 1reb, 4blks, 1to, 6-11 FG, 2-5 3PT, 2-2 FT in 25 min.
Nene: 14pts, 7reb, 3ast, 3tos, 3fls, 6-9 FG, 2-4 FT in 22 min.
The Wizards had six players in double figures as no seemed to be able to miss a shot. That has too often been the case these past few weeks. Wouldn't it be nice to have a true shooting guard like Jordan Crawford or Bradley Beal on the roster? Someone who can knock down open shots consistently. The past few opponents have taken advantage in the post, but tonight it was the Wizards backcourt taking it to the likes of Ricky, Luke & J.J.
MISC. STATS: Dante tied a season-high with 4 free throw attempts.....Luke Ridnour set a new season-high with his three offensive rebounds (all of which came in the 1st Half).....Ricky Rubio tied season-highs in offensive rebounds (3) and total rebounds (5) while also playing a season-high 31 minutes......Greg Stiemsma tied a season-high with 2 steals and set a new season/career-high with 6 assists (the previous career-high being 3).....Derrick Williams set a new season-high with 17 field goal attempts, his 8 free throw attempts are a season-high that also ties a career-high, his 11 rebounds tie both a season & career-high.....Gelabale set a lot of new season-highs, I'm not going to list them here, check them out under the 'Stats' page.....Chris Johnson tied a season-high with 3 offensive rebounds and set a new season-high with his 1 steal.....
Fast Break PTS
PTS in the Paint
Team TO's (PTS off)
MISC. STATS: The Wolves are without their two best rebounders and yet they still set a new season-high with their 22 offensive rebounds.....Minnesota's 3 three-pointers made and 2 blocks both tie the second-lowest marks of the season......The Wizards set a new season-high for a Wolves opponent with their 48 made field goals and 114 points, they also set the second-best field goal percentage mark of the season at 57.8%......The Wizards' 6 offensive rebounds are tie the second-worst mark of the year for a Minnesota opponent......
That's all for now, the Wolves are back in action tomorrow night vs. the Bobcats in Charlotte, we'll have a full gameday preview of that one up later tonight, until then thanks for reading HOWL and GO WOLVES!