Wolves Fall In Season Finale
Rockets 121 (43-39) - Timberwolves 102 (17-65) | Target Center
How it happened:
After Minnesota got within one by exploding for a 25-6 comeback run, Houston calmly regained control during the final stanza. Chase Budinger scored 13 of his game-high 35 points in the fourth quarter and led a late 16-2 Rockets run that closed the door on the Minnesota Timberwolves season.
Minnesota struggled to rotate on the perimeter and Houston’s backcourt made them pay. With quick ball movement, the Rockets were able to capitalize on the Wolves scrambled defense by drilling open looks from the perimeter. Kevin Martin poured in 25 points, Courtney Lee had 22, and Goran Dragic led an effective backcourt attack with a triple-double of 11 points, 11 assists, and 11 rebounds.
Leader of the Pack:
Michael Beasley did it again tonight for the Timberwolves as the centerpiece of the team. With passionate chest-pounding emotions, Beasley lifted a deflated Wolves squad back to life by fueling the third quarter run. Beasley scored 17 of his team-high 34 points in the third and appeared to be unstoppable -- he knew it too. The electrifying forward closed the season with a preview of what is yet to come in his promising future with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
With Darko Milicic out and Nikola Pekovic exiting the game early with a sore achilles, Anthony Randolph stepped in at center and took advantage of the increased minutes. Randolph scored 23 points while showing his ability to stretch the defense with his smooth midrange jumper.
Highlight to Remember:
Beasley led the break and lobbed it up to Randolph for an alley-oop slam that erupted the Target Center crowd in the third quarter. Beasley and Randolph combined for an exciting offensive force that increased the Wolves energy level and tempo.
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