Wolves Cut Down Nets
Timberwolves 103 (9-25) - Nets 88 (9-25) | Target Center
How it happened:
With a 103-88 victory over the New Jersey Nets, the Minnesota Timberwolves were able to begin the year 2011 with an unblemished record.
After a lethargic first half display of basketball for both teams, Kurt Rambis sternly addressed his squad and the Wolves responded by exploding for a 14-0 run to open the second half.
By tightening the defensive approach, the Timberwolves forced the Nets into difficult situations as New Jersey shot a dismal 23.5 percent in the third quarter. By outscoring the Nets 23-9 in the third, Minnesota was able to gain and hold the momentum for the remainder of the contest.
New Jersey’s Sasha Vujacic showed flashes of his past “machine” days as a Los Angeles Laker by scoring 22 points off the bench, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves on New Year’s Day.
Once again, Kevin Love led the Timberwolves with another double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds. Minnesota effectively used the Luke Ridnour and Love pick-and-roll throughout the game, which often left Love either wide-open or on an undersized opponent. After grabbing his tenth rebound late in the fourth quarter, Love recorded his 20th straight double-double, which is the second longest streak in club history.
Highlight to Remember:
The exciting and high-flying duo of Corey Brewer and Michael Beasley provided fans at Target Center with yet another jaw-dropping play. A picture perfect, fast-break give-and-go between Beasley and Brewer ended with Beasley taking off and throwing down a rim-rattling one-handed slam.
The Numbers Game:
The Timberwolves notched a new club record with six straight games of at least seven three-pointers made.
By holding the Nets to just 88 points, the Timberwolves moved to 7-1 when allowing less than 100 points.
After winning three of their last four, the Timberwolves will travel to face the Eastern Conference leaders of the Boston Celtics on Monday night. Minnesota will then return home for a matchup against the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday.
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