Kevin Love was absurd, Nikola was Pektacular, Derrick Williams was...good and Minnesota moved back over .500, now at 22-21 on the year.
In their second game without Ricky Rubio and following a humiliating loss to New Orleans over the weekend, Minnesota's role players stepped up in a big way! We'll get to those stats in a moment though.
It was close down to the final seconds, though some big threes from Kevin Love, some impressive passing from Luke Ridnour as well as some big shots from Luke...as well as Wayne Ellington, the TWolves escaped with a three-point W.
Let's take a look at some statistics from tonight's key players on each team...
Kevin Love: 30pts, 7reb, 1ast, 1fl, 11-23 FG, 5-9 3PT, 3-5 FT in 37 min.
N. Pekovic: 24pts, 8reb, 1ast, 2stls, 3tos, 3fls, 11-17 FG, 2-4 FT in 36 min.
D. Williams: 19pts, 8reb, 2stls, 2blks, 2fls, 7-10 FG, 2-3 3PT, 3-4 FT in 21 bench min.
W. Ellington: 15pts, 2ast, 1to, 3fls, 6-9 FG, 3-4 3PT in 34 bench min.
M. Beasley: 15pts, 2reb, 1ast, 1to, 2fls, 6-7 FG, 3-3 3PT in 16 bench min.
Luke Ridnour: 10pts, 4reb, 9ast, 1blk, 4tos, 3fls, 4-9 FG, 2-2 FT in 33 min.
Jared Dudley: 28pts, 9reb, 1ast, 1stl, 1blk, 1to, 1fl, 10-15 FG, 2-5 3PT, 6-6 FT in 36 min.
Steve Nash: 25pts, 3reb, 10ast, 2fls, 10-16 FG, 2-3 3PT, 3-3 FT in 32 min.
C. Frye: 18pts, 5reb, 4ast, 2stls, 1blk, 2tos, 4fls, 7-11 FG, 4-6 3PT in 32 min.
**Brown added 11pts & Hill, Telfair, Lopez all had 10pts**
It was hot shooting, all around for both teams! The duo of Dudley & Nash have been GREAT since the all-star break and tonight was no different as they combined for 53pts, 12reb, 11ast on 20-31 FG, 4-8 3PT & 9-9 from the line! Gortat was a big part of the Suns' win in the last meeting, but tonight he was limited to just 8pts, 4reb, 1stl, 4fls in 20 minutes on 3-of-6 shooting.
Let's take a look at some team stats from tonight's game...
Fast Break PTS
PTS in the Paint
Team TO's (PTS off)
The back-and-forth of this game was a lot of fun to watch and was VERY nerve-wracking. Minnesota prevailed and that means we all go home happy! What's that, you're a Suns fan?...1/2 of us go home happy.
After tonight, do you think the TWolves need to make any moves before Thursday's Trade Deadline? Is Jamal Crawford or Ramon Sessions or Pau Gasol...or whoever, needed for the Wolves to make a legitimate push for a playoff spot, feel free to be heard in the comments section. Enjoy the win, the Wolves are back in action Thursday vs. the Utah Jazz.
Thanks for reading HOWL and GO WOLVES!