The Timberwolves mustered just 17 points as Detroit took a 17-20 lead after one quarter. The second quarter didn't go much better (shooting-wise), luckily Minnesota was able to keep it close through one half; 36-42.
Detroit continued to let Minnesota hang around as they just couldn't push the lead far enough out of reach. Through three, Detroit lead by just 7 points; 71-64. It wasn't a pretty three quarters, however if you turned it off through three you missed a solid TWolves finish. Their bench got Minnesota back in the game (and kept them in the game!). The first ten points of the fourth quarter all came on Derrick Williams at the free throw line and two threes by Barea! Tolliver & Ellington then took the reins and a two threes by Tolliver, a BEAUTIFUL dunk and three from Wayne, made it 88-81 Minnesota with just under four minutes to go. Minnesota's final six points all came from the line (via Love & Rubio) as they sealed the win.
Let's take a look at some of tonight's statistics from each team's key players...
Kevin Love: 20pts, 17rebs, 1ast, 1stl, 2tos, 3fls, 7-20 FG, 1-4 3PT, 5-6 FT, in 43 min.
A. Tolliver: 11pts, 5rebs, 1ast, 2stls, 1blk, 2fls, 4-6 FG, 3-4 FT, in 24 bench min.
N. Pekovic: 11pts, 1reb, 2stls, 1blk, 4tos, 4fls, 4-6 FG, 3-4 FT, in 24 bench min.
Ricky Rubio: 9pts, 7rebs, 8ast, 6stls, 3tos, 4fls, 1-8 FG, 0-2 3PT, 7-8 FT, in 38 min.
T. Prince: 29pts, 3rebs, 2ast, 1stl, 1blk, 1to, 2fls, 13-23 FG, 3-5 3PT, in 41 min.
Ben Gordon: 18pts, 3rebs, 1ast, 2stls, 2tos, 3fls, 7-15 FG, 1-1 3PT, 3-4 FT, in 33 min.
Greg Monroe: 13pts, 12rebs, 1ast, 2stls, 1to, 6fls, 5-11 FG, 3-5 FT, in 28 min.
For Detroit, Tayshaun Prince & Ben Gordon kept them close. During the first three quarters it seemed like everytime Minnesota would score, Prince would knock down a jump shot on the other end. Plenty of times when Minny didn't score which allowed Detroit to get out to a 16-point lead at one point. Tolliver locked down on him in the final quarter, allowing him to score just 4 points in crunch time when Detroit desperately needed a bucket.
Let's compare some team statistics from tonight's game...
Fast Break PTS
PTS in Paint
Team TOs (PTS off)
The Timberwolves also got reserve guard J.J. Barea back, he played 14 minutes and had 8 points, 6 of which came on two 3s in the final quarter. Check the injury report for updates on Beasley, Webster, Lee & Miller.
Minnesota hits the road tomorrow as they'll face the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, followed by the Jazz on Saturday, before returning home on the 23rd vs. Houston. Thanks for reading HOWL! we'll have some pictures from tonight's game up soon as well as an updated stats page. Tomorrow we should have a video recap/highlights as well as a postgame report from Adelman. GO WOLVES!