Final: GameDay LIVE Blog - Jazz 136, Wolves 130
Final: The Wolves made it a game and had a really nice comeback, but they couldn't finish this one off as they lose 136-130 in double-OT tonight. Fun game despite the sluggish start for Minnesota. The Wolves finish the year 40-42. Martin had 36 points, while Love had 19 points, 10 rebounds and nine asissts. More to come on Timberwolves.com tonight, so stay tuned. UTA 136, MIN 130
2OT 19.4: The Wolves got the steal they needed and turned it into points at the line, but Burke just hit a pair of FTs to put the Jazz up four with 19.4 left. UTA 132, MIN 128
2OT 1:03: A couple costly moments here in the second OT as DC missed a layup then went 1-of-2 from the line in a later possession. The Wolves trail by five with 1:03 left. They've got the ball coming out of this timeout, and they'll need a basket on this possession to keep it in reach. If not, we're looking at an uphill battle and a little foul game. UTA 130, MIN 125
End 1OT: The Wolves dodged a bullet as they turned the ball over with 20 seconds left and the Jazz missed a couple last-second shot opportunities. We're headed to double-OT. A couple things to watch: K-Mart has 31 points tonight, and Love has 16 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. MIN 119, UTA 119
1OT 48.1: The Wolves fell behind by five in OT but battled back thanks to big OTs for Love and K-Mart. Love had a driving layup in transition and a pair of FTs, and K-Mart just had a running jumper and 1 that put the Wolves up 119-117. Favors' putback dunk ties it up, Wolves ball. MIN 119, UTA 119
End of Regulation: Love got a look but needed to clutch once due to defensive pressure, and we're headed to overtime. Nice comeback by the Wolves in the fourth, now they need to finish it off here in the next five minutes. MIN 107, UTA 107
Q4 11.8: The Wolves just drew an offensive foul on Utah, and they've got the ball with 11.8 seconds on the clock. Shot clock is off, and Adelman is drawing up the play. Let's see what we've got. MIN 107, UTA 107
Q4 57.4: Two nice assists from Kevin Love to Kevin Martin, one for 3 and another under the basket, and add in another pair of FTs from Martin and the Wolves are tied 107-107. Martin has the past seven points for the Wolves. He's got 28 in the game. Meanwhile, Love has 12 points, 10 boards and eight assists. He's going to be close again to another triple-double. MIN 107, UTA 107
Q4 2:51: We're winding down, and the Wolves still trail by seven. Same scenario over the past three minutes--the Wolves get close, but the Jazz find a way to extend the lead. Minnesota has time for one final push here to try and get to .500 for the season. That would be a huge feat--one that would go a long way this offseason and into next year. It would also be a huge feat considering the team has not played well or with a ton of energy for about half the evening. K-Mart is leading the way with 21 points. UTA 103, MIN 96
Q4 5:50: The Wolves keep playing this yo-yo game with the Jazz. They'll cut the lead to 4-5 points and hten watch Utah take the lead back up to 9-10. That's where we're at right now. Hummel has hit a couple nice shots, and he's got five tonight. Shved has 11 thanks in part to six free-throw attempts. Nice to see him hit double-digits in the season finale. WE're going to see Rubio, Love, Hummel, Martin and Dieng as we come out of this timeout. UTA 95, MIN 86
End Q3: The Wolves are letting this one slip away right now, but they do have a good 12 minutes to turn things around. Once trailing by 19, they took the lead early in the third before letting the Jazz go up by 10 here heading into the fourth. Martin has 14, Turiaf has 12, Brewer has 11 and Rubio has 10. Evans ahs 16, Burke has 15 and Favors has 14 after 3. UTA 80, MIN 70
Q3 5:35: The Wolves made this a game early on here in the third, even taking the lead momentarily by one, but the Jazz have fought back and now have an eight-point lead with 5:35 to play in the third. Martin has 12 points and Rubio has 10 to lead Minnesota, but the Jazz made a comeback and are trying to take control here midway through the frame. UTA 67, MIN 59
Halftime: Congratulations to Kevin Love, who with a pair of free throws late in the second quarter now has 2,000 points in a season for the first time in his career. He's now the first player in NBA history to have 2,000 points, 900 rebounds and 100 made 3-pointers in a season. And with two points (if my arithmatic is correct), he will ensure he'll average 26 points per game for the entire 2013-14 season. That would make him the first person to average 26 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists in a full season since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1975-76. Awesome stats for K-Love. Now back to the game. The Wolves put together a big run there in the second quarter and are finally showing signs of life at the break. They're down by three after trailing by as many as 19. Just like the Warriors did to them on Monday, Minnesota has a chance to steal this game in the second half. Love and Martin each have nine, while Rubio and Turiaf each have eight. Favors has 12 for the Jazz. UTA 51, MIN 48
Q2 2:09: The Wolves have their wind back here, and they've gone on a 22-8 run here to cut the lead to five. Love has seven points, but he also has four boards and four assists. The latest assist went to Rubio on the wing for 3, and that shot put the Wolves within three before Utah responded with a shot of their own. Rubio has eight points, tied for the team lead with Turiaf. Favors has 12 for the Jazz. UTA 47, MIN 42
Q2 7:33: Ronny Turiaf's energy is starting to inspire this Wolves team. He just fought for an offensive rebound, which led to a pair of free throws. Then he blocked a Jazz player's shot, which led to a 3-pointer by Robbie Hummel. Great sequence by Turiaf there, as the Wolves--once down 19, are now down 11. UTA 39, MIN 28
Q2 8:55: Not a whole lot has changed here early in the second. The reserves aren't getting it done right now, and the Wolves are all of a sudden down 19 to the team with the worst record in the West. They're coming back with the same lineup, but they've got to get a little energy brewing to try and change this around because right now the Jazz are rolling and the Wolves have no answer. UTA 39, MIN 20
End Q1: Very uninspired basketball in the first quarter by the Wolves. They've turned the ball over just three times, but it's led to seven Jazz points. Minnesota is shooting just 6-of-19 from the field and 1-of-7 from 3. Love has four points, three rebounds and three assits, while Martin has five points and Brewer and Gorgui each have three. Minnesota is coming out with Shved, HUmmel, Mbah a Moute, DC and Turiaf to start the second. UTA 31, MIN 17
Q1 3:43: Kevin Love is on the board. He's got two, which puts him seven shy of that 2,000-point milestone. The Wolves are shooting 5-of-14 from the field and trail by seven as we head into the final few minutes of the first. UTA 20, MIN 13
Q1 6:14: Ricky had an excellent feed behind the back to Gorgui who was wide open in the paint for the score moments ago. Gorgui and K-Mart each have three points to lead the Wolves. Love is still scoreless tonight, and Brewer has just one point. For the Jazz, Favors has six points, Burks has five and Evans has four. UTA 15, MIN 7
Wolves: PG-Ricky Rubio, SG-Kevin Martin, SF-Corey Brewer, PF-Kevin Love, C-Gorgui Dieng
Jazz: PG-Trey Burke, SG-Alec Burks, SF-Gordon Hayward, PF-Derrick Favors, C-Jeremy Evans
PREGAME 6:40 PM: If Kevin Love scores nine points tonight, he'll have at least 2,000 points, 900 rebounds and 100 3-pointers this season. No one in league history has ever done that before. In fast, no one has come close. Only 12 times in league history has a player scored 2,000 points, had 900 rebounds and hit at least one 3-pointer in a game. That list is exclusive: Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, David Robinson, Tim Duncan, Hakeem Olajuwon and Moses Malone. Of that group and those 12 seasons, only three have hit more than 10 3-pointers in a year: Malone had 16 in 1989-90, and Charles Barkley had 35 in 1988-89 and 46 in 1987-88. So Love, with his 1,991 points, 953 rebounds and 189 3-pointers is already in exclusive company. If he gets to 2,000 points, he'll be in even more elite. These are crazy statistics for a player to have that many rebounds and 3-pointers. Incredible.
PREGAME 6:25 PM: Not too many notes tonight regarding tonight's pregame coaching interviews. Jazz coach Ty Corbin said Marvin Williams will not be available tonight, but it sounds like the rest should be available. As of Rick Adelman's availability, it did not sound like any news changed on the Wolves' injury front. Kevin Love and Kevin Martin should be available to play unless there is a late scratch. The real conversation with Adelman, of course, revolved around whether or not this is his final game coaching the Wolves or in the NBA completely. He didn't divulge his plans, but did say he will meet with owner Glen Taylor and President of Basketball Operations Flip Saunders over the next couple days during exit interviews and make a decision. The Wolves and Saunders each have a right to exercise the contract, so if either side decides it wants to go a different direction for next year, that would be all it takes. Adelman oversaw this team over the past three years, taking over a club that won 15 and 17 games over the previous two seasons and turned it into a club that won 26 (in a lockout-shortened year), 31 and 40 over his three years with the team. It could be 41 with a win tonight. His biggest reason for the success was really just finding the right personnel, making changes along the way and finding ways to improve on the court through those changes. Last year was obviously cut short of its potential due to injuries, and this year the problem was more inconsistency than anything. But if this is the final game for Adelman, he's been able to do things no other Wolves team without Kevin Garnett on the roster has ever done. Whatever happens moving into next season, the Wolves will need to find a way to continue moving forward and building on the foundation put in place over the last three seasons.
PREGAME 2:45 PM: Welcome to Target Center for the final regular season game of the 2013-14 season as the Timberwolves get set to take on the Utah Jazz. It's a special night for the Wolves organization as it says "Thank You" to the fans for your continued support, and it sounds like there will be a ton of prizes and t-shirts to be had throughout the game. And with any luck, Wolves fans who do come out tonight for the game will also get to see Minnesota finish a season at .500 for the first time since 2004-05. That was my freshman year of college, so I can personally vouch for it being a long time. I'll talk about it a bit later this week, but reaching .500 and even getting into the 40-win club (which they already secured last week) is a big milestone for the franchise. The way Minnesota continued to battle and not give in during the final few weeks of the regular season was a big deal for this organization. It shows they've not only got potential but they also have fight--and belief--in the future. That goes a long ways.
If the Wolves win tonight, it would secure a 41-41 record overall and a perfect 4-0 season against the Utah Jazz. They've never swept the Jazz in a regular season, having gone 3-1 in 1999-2000, 2001-02 and 2004-05. The Jazz are rebuilding and will once again be a high lottery pick, but it's still an accomplishment to beat this team four times this year.
And if they Wolves do beat Utah tonight, it would mark yet another memorable evening for this Timberwolves squad against the Jazz in 2013-14. Tonight's memorable happening would be that 41-41 record. MInnesota's Feb. 22 win in Utah was unforgettable as Kevin Love notched his first career triple-double in a 121-104 win. And on Jan. 21, Ricky Rubio created a memory none of us will forget as he played catch on the court during a timeout with a young girl. Really cute moment there as Rubio made a life-long fan.
Both are reminders to Don't Blink here at Target Center. Tonight's possible .500 finish is another reason to stay tuned tonight.
Speaking of staying tuned, tonight's Wolves game will be televised on Fox Sports North (and 830 WCCO-AM) as orginally planned, but since the Twins game was postponed due to weather we will also have the Wolves broadcast on Fox Sports North Plus this evening. So you have a couple options for following along tonight. Of course, you're always welcome to stay with us pregame and in-game for all the news/notes and updates throughout the evening.
Another thing to watch tonight is Kevin Love will continue creating separation between himself and Kevin Garnett's 2003-04 scoring total for the most in franchise history. He set the record on Monday night in Golden State, and he'll have a chance to add to it tonight. He also has a chance to secure at least 26 points per game this year, and if he does that he'll become the first player since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1975-76 to average 26 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists per game for an entire year. His accomplishments keep growing, and it makes you wonder what he'll achieve next year.
Here are a few game notes as we get set for tonight:
· The Wolves trail in the series 35-68, and are 22-29 at home. The Wolves won the three previous meetings this season by an average margin of 19.3 points. Minnesota has never swept a season series from Utah.
· A win tonight would give the Wolves a .500 record (41-41) and be the team's first .500 or better record since the 2004-05 season (44-38).
· With 40 points Monday at Sacramento, Kevin Love (1,991 points) passed Kevin Garnett (1,987, 2003-04) for the top single-season scoring mark in team history.
· Gorgui Dieng has started 14 of the last 17 games, averaging 12.5 points, on 55.0% (83-for-151) shooting, 11.6 rebounds and 1.47 blocks, while tallying nine double-doubles and two 20/10 games.
· Love leads the NBA in double-doubles (64), 20/10 games (50), 30/10 games (21) and 20/10/5 games (24). He ranks 4th in scoring (26.2 ppg), 3rd in rebounding (12.5 rpg) and 4th in free throws made (510). Love is also averaging a career-high 4.4 assists -- the last players to average 26+ points, 12+ rebounds and 4+ assists over a full season were Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bob McAdoo in 1975-76. Love needs 11 points tonight to maintain a 26.0 ppg average.
· If he scores at least nine points tonight, Love will become the first NBA player to record at least 2,000 points, 900 rebounds and 100 made three-pointers in a season.
· Ricky Rubio ranks 2nd in the NBA in steals (2.33 spg) and 4th in assists (8.6 apg). He needs seven more assists to tie Stephon Marbury (704, 1997-98) for 2nd place on the team’s single-season assists list.
· With his 51 points and six steals Friday vs. Houston, Corey Brewer became the fourth player in NBA history to collect 50+ points and 6+ steals in the same game, joining Rick Barry, Allen Iverson and Michael Jordan. Brewer is averaging 16.2 ppg and shooting 55.3% over the last 14 games.
· Brewer ranks 7th in the NBA with 1.83 steals per game. He needs six more steals to tie Sam Mitchell (449) for 2nd place on the Wolves’ all-time steals list. Brewer is averaging 3.83 steals per game over the last six games.
· Utah (24-57) needs to win tonight to avoid tying the team's worse record since moving to Utah for the 1979-80 season; the team was 24-58 that first year. The Jazz has lost its last five games, 21 of its last 24 games and 13 of its last 14 road games.
· Enes Kanter has recorded 14 double-doubles since the All-Star break, averaging 13.6 points, on 48.1% shooting, and 9.7 rebounds over that stretch.
· Alec Burks ranks 2nd in the NBA with 13.9 points per game off the bench. He has tallied double-digits points in 27 of his last 28 games, averaging 15.8 ppg over that span.
· Gordon Hayward is one of just five players to be averaging 16+ points, 5+ rebounds and 5+ assists this season (LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Michael Carter-Williams). Pete Maravich is the only other Jazz player to accomplish this feat (1974-75 & 1976-77). Hayward needs seven points and four rebounds tonight to accomplish this feat.