That run was ignited by Ricky Rubio, Anthony Tolliver & Kevin Love who each hit at least one three in that run and the Target Center got a bit more of Ricky's "Wizardry of Passing" :). As the final minutes ticked down, the near-sellout Target Center crowd rose to their feat as they witnessed the Wolves' first win in their past 18 games! Ending that nasty 18-game losing streak!
This young upstart Wolves team made those defending champs look VERY old. That final quarter was just brutal for Dallas and the TWolves have finally shown they CAN indeed close out a game. A fun game to watch, great to FINALLY get a win that can stop that "skid".
Let's take a look at some statistics for each team tonight...
Fast Break PTS
PTS in the Paint
Team TOs (PTS off)
Let's take a look at some individual statics for some key players tonight...
Kevin Love: 25pts, 17rebs, 1ast, 1stl, 1blk, 1to, 1fl
9-16 FG, 5-6 3PT, 2-2 FT, in 38 min.
Ricky Rubio: 14pts, 3rebs, 7ast, 4tos, 2fls
4-8 FG, 2-3 3PT, 4-4 FT, in 26 min. off bench
Anthony Tolliver: 13pts, 6rebs, 1to, 3fls
5-8 FG, 3-5 3PT, in 26 min. off bench
Luke Ridnour: 11pts, 2rebs, 3ast, 1stl, 2to, 2fls
5-9 FG, 0-3 3PT, 1-1 FT, in 29 min.
Dirk Nowitzki: 21pts, 4rebs, 1stl, 2fls
9-20 FG, 2-3 3PT, 1-1 FT, in 32 min.
Delonte West: 13pts, 2ast, 2tos, 1fl
6-9 FG, 0-1 3PT, 1-1 FT, in 23 min.
Dirk struggled early in the game, but a 10-point third quarter really got him going and kept the Mavs in the game. However, he just didn't have any help from his starters OR from the bench!
It was a GREAT way to ring in the New Year for the Timberwolves--truly a fresh start for these Minnesota Timberwolves, now 1-0 in the New Year (and of course 1-3 this season). That's all for now, stay tuned to WeeblyWolves for some pictures from tonight's game as well as a gameday preview of tomorrow's game vs. the San Antonio Spurs! Thanks for reading and as always GO WOLVES!