Opening Night Facts and Figures

Opening Night Facts and Figures

Celebrating 25 Years

It's finally here. The Timberwolves begin their 25th season at the Target Center tonight against the Orlando Magic. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be aired on FOX Sports North and 830 WCCO-AM.

Five Facts

After shooting 29.3 percent from the 3-point line last season, Ricky Rubio finished the preseason shooting a team-best 54.5 percent from long range.

Kevin Martin has averaged 167 made 3-pointers over the last two seasons. The Wolves franchise record is 142 (Rashad McCants, 2007-08).

Corey Brewer spent his first three+ seasons with the Timberwolves after being selected seventh overall in the 2007 NBA Draft. He’s spent the last two seasons with the Denver Nuggets.

Kevin Love was selected as the league’s best offensive rebound and second-best power forward in the 2013-14 GM survey.

Nikola Pekovic will face off with fellow Montenegrin and good friend Nikola Vucevic in tonight’s season opener.

Opening Night Key Dates and Notes

Nov. 3, 1989 – Played the team’s inaugural regular-season game, falling to Seattle 106-94.

Oct. 16, 1990 – Played the first regular-season game at Target Center, opening the season with a 98-85 win over Dallas.

Nov. 1, 1991 – Opened the season during the largest snowfall in MN history (24 inches in 24 hours).

Nov. 5, 2000 – Retired Malik Sealy’s jersey prior to home opener.

Dec. 26, 2011 – Minnesota played its first game after the NBA lockout against OKC in front of a sellout crowd.

Oct. 30, 2013 – 13th straight season opener at home. Minnesota is 14-10 all-time on Opening Night.

Opening Night Records

Most Points

34 – Kevin Garnett at Sacramento (11/5/99)

Who could beat the record?

The Wolves have two premiere scorers in Kevin Love and Kevin Martin. In Love’s lone game against Orlando last season, he scored 23 points. Martin averaged 15 points in two games against Orlando last season coming off the bench. During the 2010-11 season, Martin scored 27 points against Orlando in just 26 minutes.

Most 3-Pointers Made

5 – Donyell Marshall at Denver (10/4/94) and Richie Frahm vs. Portland (11/2/05)

Who could beat the record?

Martin. Martin averaged 2.1 3-pointers made last season and shot 42.6 percent from downtown. He hit three or more 3-pointers in 29 games last season, including making six on two separate occasions.

Total Rebounds

21 – Kevin Garnett vs. Milwaukee (10/29/03)

Who could beat this record?

Love or center Nikola Pekovic. Love is the obvious choice. He played in just 18 games last season but managed to haul in 10 or more rebounds 17 times. That included a season best of 24 against the Sacramento Kings. He hauled in 15 against Orlando last season. Pekovic hauled in 18 rebounds on two separate occasions last season. Against Orlando, he averaged 8.5 rebounds.

Most Assists

15 – Pooh Richardson vs. Dallas (11/2/90)

Who could beat this record?

None other than fan-favorite Ricky Rubio. Rubio had 15 games with 10 or more assists. That's impressive being he played in just 57 games. He played only 16 minutes against Orlando last season. It was his second game recovering from a torn ACL. He had four assists.

Most Steals

4 – Greg Buckner vs. Denver (11/2/07)

Who could beat this record?

Rubio and defensive-minded wing Corey Brewer are the first two names that come to mind. This might be the most likely record to be broken. Rubio had four or more steals in 14 games last season. In limited minutes, he had one against Orlando. Brewer had four or more steals in seven games last season.

Most Blocks

6 – Kevin Garnett vs. Golden State (10/31/97)

Who could beat this record?

While the Wolves don’t have a shot-blocking big man, if Gorgui Dieng somehow gets big minutes, he could be a potential player to watch. Pekovic had two blocks against Orlando in his first game against the Magic.

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