Wolves Lose OT Battle To Bobcats



MENZIE HENDERSON
Wolves Writer


Bobcats 108 (12-21) - Timberwolves 105 (9-27) | Target Center


How it happened:
Despite huge scoring outbursts from Kevin Love and Michael Beasley, the Minnesota Timberwolves suffered a heart-breaking 108-105 overtime loss to the Charlotte Bobcats at the Target Center.

In the closing seconds of overtime, the Timberwolves went to Michael Beasley in hopes to send the game to yet another extra period. Unfortunately, the prolific scorer could not hit over the outstretched arm of Tyrus Thomas as the Bobcats walked away with their first road victory in nine games.

The Timberwolves opened the game lackadaisical on both ends of the floor, as the Bobcats jumped out to an early double-digit lead. As Minnesota thoroughly struggled, it was Kevin Love’s 13-point second quarter effort that kept his depleted team within contention.

Facing a demoralizing 57-43 deficit at halftime, Kurt Rambis was able to rejuvenate his squad as the Timberwolves gained the lead and momentum behind an 11-2 run and outscoring Charlotte 30-14 in the third quarter.

Late in the final stanza, the Bobcats capitalized on costly Minnesota turnovers and missed free-throw attempts down the stretch. The Wolves left too many crucial points at charity stripe, shooting a gruesome 19-of-30 from the line. The Bobcats used a 10-1 run late in regulation and a 6-0 spurt in extra time to seal off the victory, leaving a somber mood in Minneapolis on Wednesday night. The Bobcats were led by Tyrus Thomas who ended with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Augustin added 16 points.

Leader of the Pack:
Kevin Love posted his 22nd consecutive double-double and league-leading 31st of the season with 35 points and 15 rebounds. Love's effort was praised by fans at the Target Center as he received deserved chants of "MVP" for his play late in the contest.

Notable Performance:
In addition to supplying buckets at pivotal moments and fueling the game-changing third quarter run, Michael Beasley provided the young Wolves with leadership. While leading by example in attack mode, Beasley also addressed his teammates in a livid and motivating statement during a third quarter timeout that seemed to make a noticeable difference.

Highlight to Remember:
Jonny Flynn mesmerized the defense by showing off his lightening speed dribble moves, then delivered a crafty behind the back pass to Kevin Love who was left open for a 3-pointer. Flynn may have played his best game of the season as he continues to recover from injury, finishing with 8 points and 3 assists.

Rookie Report:
Wesley Johnson had the chance to be a hero with a great open look from downtown as time expired in regulation, but the rookie barely missed. On a night where Johnson struggled to find his rhythm, going just 4-of-14 from the floor, it was great to see the rookie step up and have confidence down the stretch. Johnson finished with 10 points.

Looking Ahead:
The Timberwolves will stay home in search of a bounce back victory as they face the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.


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