Wolves Snap Skid, Topple Wizards



MENZIE HENDERSON
Wolves Writer


Timberwolves 109 (10-30) - Wizards 97 (10-27) | Target Center


How it happened:
No Beasley, no problem?

Without injured superstar Michael Beasley, the Timberwolves offense fared just fine behind Kevin Love’s 35 points to earn a 109-97 victory over the Washington Wizards.

With scoring contributions coming from nearly everyone, the Wolves were able to execute an offense with quick rotation and beautiful ball movement, including one sequence of six or seven passes ending with a Wayne Ellington three-pointer from the corner. Ellington, who hasn’t seen game action since January 1st, made an immediate impact off the bench and finished with 11 points. The Timberwolves balanced attack consisted of six players in double figures.

The Washington Wizards nearly stole the show early in the fourth quarter by taking the lead after John Wall fueled a deadly run. Wall used his strength and quickness to penetrate the Wolves defense, setting up his teammates with numerous easy buckets. Wall finished with 14 points and 10 assists, but the Timberwolves stormed back with a run of their own.

Minnesota ignited Target Center with a late 15-1 fourth quarter run, closing out Wall and the Wizards to end a five game skid.

Leader of the Pack:
Kevin Love stretched the Wizards defense by scoring from nearly every spot on the floor tonight, including 5-of-6 treys from downtown. Whether it was backing down defenders in the paint or displaying his stroke from beyond the arc, Love filled any apparent scoring void left by the injured Beasley. Love’s repeated monstrous performance has become a staple, as he posted his 26th consecutive double-double with 35 points and 11 rebounds.

Highlight to Remember:
Darko uncharacteristically found himself in isolation near the top of the key and put the ball on the floor. Before fans could scream with anxiety, Darko dribbled behind his back, spun and finished with a finger-roll layup to end a jaw-dropping move that sprung the fourth quarter rally.

Looking Ahead:
The Wolves will stay home for a matchup against the Orlando Magic on Saturday in search of back-to-back victories.


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