Wolves Roll Past Pistons

Timberwolves 116 (15-47) - Pistons 105 (22-41) | The Palace

Jonah Ballow
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How it happened:
After facing a 32-30 deficit at the end of the first quarter, the Wolves second unit jumpstarted the offense with a 10-2 run in two minutes to start the second period. The bench crew received strong play from Anthony Randolph, Anthony Tolliver, Jonny Flynn, and Wayne Ellington. Both teams were playing at a fast pace and searched for quick buckets in a high scoring game.

Fast forward to the fourth quarter as Minnesota only held a four point lead but rattled off a 15-6 run to gain the necessary separation in a 116-105 over the Pistons. Down the stretch, head coach Kurt Rambis relied on the bench along with Kevin Love to help improve the club to 15-47 on the season.

“I think that coach just found a group that he liked in that fourth quarter and then we got numerous stops on the defensive side and then made some free throws. We were also moving the ball well and the biggest thing for us was just getting stops. Everybody was rebounding the ball and that is how we want to play basketball, just like that.” – Kevin Love on the Wolves second unit

Leader of the Pack:
Notching his 48th straight double-double and ninth 20/20 game of the year, Love once again found the top spot in the box score. Love scored 9 of his 20 points and grabbed 14 of his 20 boards in the second half.

Notable Performance:
Newly acquired big man Anthony Randolph played a major role in the Minnesota victory on Wednesday night. Receiving substantial minutes for the first time in a Wolves uniform, Randolph jumped off the bench for 19 points and 10 rebounds in 24 minutes of action. Minnesota needed his production against a versatile and athletic Pistons frontline, especially with Darko Milicic missing the game due to a personal matter.

The Numbers Game:
For the first time in his NBA career, Flynn registered a double-digit assist game for the Wolves. In Detroit, Flynn was on point by slicing through the Pistons defense and finding open teammates in perfect position for easy scoring opportunities. The second-year guard finished with a career-high 14 assists while showing signs of regaining full health from the early season hip surgery.

Rookie Report:
Corey Brewer departure and Martell Webster’s absence (sore back) has allowed rookie Lazar Hayward to prove his worth on the floor. The former Marquette guard/forward dropped a career-high 16 points off 5-for-7 shooting. Johnson added 11 points, four rebounds, and four assists in the win.

Looking Ahead:
The Wolves jumped on a plane following Wednesday’s win to Philadelphia where they will practice on Thursday afternoon. Looking for two consecutive road victories, Minnesota faces a Sixers squad that has completely reversed their season with an impressive 27-17 record in the last 44 games.

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