Wolves Topped By Rockets
Rockets 129 (21-25) - Timberwolves 125 (10-34) | Target Center Center
How it happened:
Apparently defense was not part of the game plan for the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night. The lackluster approach allowed Kevin Martin and the Rockets to score with ease, en route to a 129-125 defeat.
Minnesota had no answer for Kevin Martin, as the elusive guard slithered his way to the bucket, leaving the Wolves with no other option but to send him to the line. Martin, who ranks first in the NBA in free throws made, continued to capitalize at the charity stripe and force Minnesota into early foul trouble. In addition to attacking the rim, Martin also displayed his stroke from range, leaving Minnesota scrambling to defend the perimeter. Martin led all scorers with 34 points, including 13-of-18 from the free-throw line.
Despite the struggles on the defensive end, Minnesota was able to emulate Houston’s offensive attack with balanced scoring to stay within striking distance. The Wolves tied it 67-67 early in the third quarter, but the Rockets responded with a 26-7 run over the next six minutes to seize total control of the contest.
As fan voting for starters in the All-Star game recently came to a close, Kevin Love continues to pad his stats in hopes to seize a remaining Western Conference roster spot. By scoring 24 points and snatching 17 rebounds, Love continues to awe audiences by extended his miraculous double-double streak to 30 games straight.
With Corey Brewer battling early foul trouble, Wesley Johnson saw increased minutes in the first half and his solid play kept him on the floor. As Johnson continues to blossom throughout his rookie year, tonight he amplified his skills to another level. The rookie displayed confidence working off the dribble, attacking the rim, and even finishing with a couple of post-up attempts. Johnson finished with 19 points and 4 assists.
The Wolves will have a day of practice to regroup before facing Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night.
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