Wolves Burned By Heat

Heat 111 (53-23) - Timberwolves 92 (17-59) | Target Center

Wolves Writer

How it happened:
Leading 52-51 at half, the Wolves had everything right and looked to be in shape for a huge upset in the making over the Heat.

But after Miami stormed out of the break with a 23-1 run, chances quickly diminished for Minnesota. The Big 3 combined for 83 points and the Heat ran away with a 111-92 victory on Friday night at Target Center.

Minnesota successfully controlled the pace throughout the first half with a patient half-court attack. The Wolves got everyone involved early, including a bench led by Martell Webster that outscored the Heat reserves 39-16. After Minnesota took Miami out of its fast-paced element, head coach Erik Spoelstra revamped the Heat attack in the second half and had the team back to running.

Dwyane Wade scored 16 of his 32 points in the third quarter and fueled the game-changing run by turning the second half into a Miami Heat highlight reel. LeBron James recorded 27 points and 10 assists, while Chris Bosh added 24.

The Numbers Game:
The Big 3 dropped 83 points total, making the Heat 26-3 this season when the trio combines for 75+ points.

Leader of the Pack:
As the first off the bench, Martell Webster immediately made a strong impact with a thunderous tip slam in the first quarter. Webster quickly caught fire tonight from downtown and emerged as the go-to scorer for the Wolves down the stretch. Webster dropped a team-high 22 points, including four treys from beyond the arc.

Notable Performance:
With seven rebounds tonight, Kevin Love moved into second place on the Wolves’ single-season rebounding list. Love is now only 27 shy of Kevin Garnett’s club-record of 1,139 rebounds during the 2003-04 season. The All-Star scored 18 points tonight.

Looking Ahead:
The Wolves fly to Memphis tonight for a matchup against the Grizzlies on Saturday night.

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