Timberwolves Game Stories 2011-12

We kept track of our articles from every Wolves game for the entire 2011-12 season.

Wolves vs. Nuggets -- April 26
The Timberwolves ended the regular season with a 131-102 loss to the Denver Nuggets at Target Center. Minnesota's Brad Miller ended his 14-year career, and players and coach Rick Adelman expressed their well wishes for the veteran who helped bring guidance to the young team throughout the year..

Wolves vs. Warriors -- April 22
Minnesota held a 21-point lead but couldn't hang on during a 93-88 loss to the Golden State Warriors at Target Center. Nikola Pekovic had 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds and JJ Barea had 14 points and 12 assists, but Golden State roared back in the second half thanks to 24 points from Charles Jenkins and a game-winning 3-pointer by Brandon Rush.

Wolves @ Pistons -- April 19
The Timberwolves held off the Detroit Pistons and earned a 91-80 victory at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Thursday. Nikola Pekovic led the way with 23 points, Anthony Randolph had 15 points and 10 rebounds and JJ Barea had 13 points and 12 assists. The win was Minnesota's first April victory since 2009.

Wolves vs. Grizzlies -- April 17
Wolves guard JJ Barea scored 28 points and center Nikola Pekovic had 16 points and 11 rebounds, but the Wolves couldn't come all the way back during a second half surge and fell 91-84 to the Grizzlies at Target Center. Memphis swept the season series 4-0.

Wolves @ Pacers -- April 16
The Wolves lost 111-88 on Monday in Indianapolis. Minnesota feel behind 64-30 at halftime and couldn't recover from the early game deficit. Guard JJ Barea led the team with 14 points and 9 assists, while Michael Beasley and Derrick Williams each had 13 points.

Wolves vs. Thunder -- April 14
The Wolves put together a fourth quarter comeback and nearly knocked off the Oklahoma City Thunder, but Kevin Durant's 43 points and Russell Westbrook's 35 points were too much to overcome in a 115-110 loss at Target Center. Michael Beasley had 26 points, JJ Barea had 24 points and Anthony Randolph had 22 points in the loss.

Wolves vs. Clippers -- April 12
The Los Angeles Clippers avoided a 4-game season sweep against the Wolves on Thursday by beating Minnesota 95-82 at Target Center. The Wolves were led by Nikola Pekovic's 17 points, a 10-point, 11-assist effort from JJ Barea and 16 points, 9 rebounds from Anthony Randolph.

Wolves @ Nuggets -- April 11
The Timberwolves battled back from 24 points down to tie it late, but Denver held on for a 113-107 win in Denver on Wednesday. The Wolves lost Kevin Love in the first quarter as he was diagnosed with a mild concussion and neck strain.

Wolves vs. Suns -- April 9
Kevin Love scored 25 points and added 13 rebounds while JJ Barea had 16, Michael Beasley had 12 and Nikola Pekovic had 11, but the Wolves couldn't keep up with the Suns' bench in a 114-90 loss to Phoenix on Monday at Target Center.

Wolves @ Hornets -- April 7
The Timberwolves lost 99-90 to the New Orleans Hornets on the road on Saturday night. Kevin Love scored 29 points and Michael Beasley added 20, but the Hornets pulled away late in the third and won the season series 2-1.

Wolves vs. Warriors -- April 4
Kevin Love scored 29 points and added 12 rebounds, while Wayne Ellington had 17 points and JJ Barea from injury to score 15 points, but the Wolves lost to Golden State 97-94 at Target Center. It was the Wolves' fourth straight loss.

Wolves @ Kings -- April 2
Kevin Love had 23 points and Nikola Pekovic had 17 off the bench in his return to the court, but the Wolves lost 116-108 to the Sacramento Kings. Luke Ridnour left the game with a sprained right ankle and did not return.

Wolves @ Blazers -- April 1
The Wolves couldn't complete the season sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers, falling 119-106 on Sunday in Portland. Kevin Love led the way with 26 points, while Derrick Williams and Luke Ridnour each had 21.

Wolves vs. Celtics -- March 30
Kevin Love scored 22 points and had 11 rebounds while Luke Ridnour scored 15 points, but the Boston Celtics played shut-down defense all night and snatched a 100-79 win over the Wolves on Friday at Target Center.

Wolves @ Bobcats -- March 28
The Timberwolves picked up a much-needed 88-83 win over the Charlotte Bobcats, thanks in large part to Kevin Love's 40 points and 19 rebounds and Luke Ridnour's 15 points and 14 assists.

Wolves @ Grizzlies -- March 27
Kevin Love scored 28 points and added 11 rebounds, Wayne Ellington chipped in 15 points and Derrick Williams had 14 points, but the the Memphis Grizzlies defeated Minnesota 93-86 for their third win over the Wolves this season.

Wolves vs. Nuggets -- March 25
The Wolves returned home to Target Center for the first time in two weeks on Sunday and picked up a 117-100 win over the Denver Nuggets. Kevin Love scored 30 points and added 21 rebounds, Wayne Ellington had a season-high 17 points and Luke Ridnour had 25 points in the win.

Wolves @ Thunder -- March 23
Kevin Love set a franchise record with 51 points, JJ Barea recorded a triple-double (25 points/14 assists/10 rebounds) but the Thunder pulled away in double-overtime to earn a 149-140 win in Oklahoma City.

Wolves @ Spurs -- March 21
The Timberwolves dropped a 116-100 matchup against the Spurs in San Antonio. JJ Barea had 18 points and 11 assists while Anthony Tolliver and Wayne Ellington stepped up with 16 and 15 points, respectively, but Tim Duncan had 21 points to lead the way.

Wolves @ Warriors -- March 19
Kevin Love led the way with 36 points and 17 rebounds, and the Timberwolves held off a second half surge by Golden State to win a 97-93 matchup with the Warriors.

Wolves @ Kings -- March 18
Kevin Love scored 21 points and added 11 rebounds, and the Wolves had six players in double-figures, but the Kings ran away with a 115-99 win in Sacramento. The Timberwolves went cold in the second half, scoring 36 points after halftime.

Wolves @ Lakers -- March 16
The Timberwolves lost their fourth game of the season to the Lakers at Staples Center thanks to big nights from Kobe Bryant and Matt Barnes. Wolves forward Kevin Love paced Minnesota with 27 points and 15 rebounds, while Nikola Pekovic had 20 points and 12 boards and Luke Ridnour had 12 points and 11 assists.

Wolves @ Jazz -- March 15
Despite a 12-point comeback with 4:05 left that forced overtime, the Wolves lost a 111-105 game to the Jazz in Utah. Kevin Love scored 25 points and added 16 rebounds, while Nikola Pekovic added 20 points and Luke Ridnour scored 18.

Wolves @ Suns -- March 12
The Timberwolves started out their seven-game road trip in grand fashion, snapping a nine-game losing streak to the Suns in a 127-124 victory in Phoenix. Kevin Love finished with five 3-pointers and 30 points, while Nikola Pekovic had 24, Derrick Williams had 19 and Michael Beasley and Wayne Ellington each had 15.

Wolves vs. Hornets -- March 10
Kevin Love finished with 31 points and 16 rebounds and Nikola Pekovic added 21 points and 11 boards, but the Wolves lost 95-89 to the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday at Target Center. The 20,123 on hand marked the first time in franchise history the Wolves had two consecutive games with 20,000-plus in attendance.

Wolves vs. Lakers -- March 9
The Lakers completed their second half comeback with four free-throws by Kobe Bryant to ice a 105-102 win over the Wolves in a White Out game at Target Center. Kevin Love didn't play with back spasms, but Nikola Pekovic had 25 points, Derrick Williams had 22 and Ricky Rubio had a double-double with 15 points and 10 assists. Michael Beasley also had 15 points.

Wolves vs. Trail Blazers -- March 7
Minnesota won its fifth straight home game for the first time since the 2006-07 season by defeating the Portland Trail Blazers 106-94 on Wednesday. Wes Johnson had 19 points, Luke Ridnour had 22 and Kevin Love finished with 29. The win put Minnesota into the eighth spot in the Western Conference playoff hunt.

Wolves vs. Clippers -- March 5
The Wolves won their third game of the year against the Clippers with a 95-94 victory at Target Center to start off a four-game home stand. Kevin Love scored 39 and added 17 boards, while Derrick Williams pitched in 15 points.

Wolves @ Trail Blazers -- March 3
Kevin Love scored 42 points, Martell Webster added 20 and Derrick Williams finished with 15 as the Wolves beat the Blazers 122-110. It was Minnesota's first win against Portland since 2007 and its first win at the Rose Garden since 2005.

Wolves @ Suns -- March 1
The Timberwolves went cold in the second half and fell to the Suns 104-95 on Thursday in their third game in three days. Kevin Love returned after missing the night before with flu-like symptoms and scored 23 points and added 10 boards. Nikola Pekovic had 14 points and 9 rebounds, and Luke Ridnour had 15 points and eight assists.

Wolves @ Lakers -- February 29
Martell Webster and Michael Beasley each scored 14 points and Anthony Randolph added 12, but the Lakers were too much in a 104-85 win over the Wolves. Kevin Love was a late scratch with the flu.

Wolves @ Clippers -- February 28
Minnesota's bench outscored the Clippers' reserves 72-11, and the Wolves opened up the second half of the season with a 109-97 win over Los Angeles. Michael Beasley and Derrick Williams led the way with 27 points each.

Wolves vs. Jazz -- February 22
Luke Ridnour hit a floater in the lane as time expired to cap Minnesota's 100-98 comeback win over Utah. The Wolves trailed by as many as 18 in the game, but the victory gives Minnesota a .500 record at 17-17 heading into the All-Star Break.

Wolves @ Nuggets -- February 20
The Wolves battled back in the fourth quarter to force overtime but were unable to steal a win in Denver during a 103-101 loss to the Nuggets at Pepsi Center. Kevin Love had 22 points and 13 rebounds, while Michael Beasley had 17 points off the bench.

Wolves vs. 76ers -- February 19
Kevin Love knocked down a pair of free throws with 0.1 seconds left on the clock to give Minnesota a 92-91 win over the Philadelphia 76ers at Target Center. The win gave the Wolves their 16th win of the year—one shy of thier 2010-11 total—and brought them back to .500.

Wolves @ Rockets -- February 17
The Wolves finished up their season series with Houston by topping the Rockets 111-98. It was the Wolves' third win of the year against Houston. Kevin Love finished with 33 points and 17 rebounds, while Nikola Pekovic finished with 30 points and 12 boards.

Wolves vs. Bobcats -- February 15
The Wolves had a season-best 26 assists in a 102-90 win over the Bobcats, snapping their four-game losing streak. Kevin Love scored 30 points and added 18 rebounds, while Nikola Pekovic had 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Wolves @ Magic -- February 13
Five Wolves scored in double figures, led by Kevin Love's 19 points and 15 rebounds and Nikola Pekovic's 16 points and 13 boards, but Orlando earned a 102-89 victory in the teams' lone matchup of the season.

Wolves vs. Knicks -- February 11
Kevin Love again put up big numbers against the Knicks, scoring 32 points and adding 21 rebounds, but New York used a fourth-quarter surge to top Minnesota 100-98 at Target Center on Saturday.

Wolves vs. Mavericks -- February 10
Kevin Love scored 32 points and added 12 rebounds and Michael Beasley scored 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting, but Dirk Nowitzki's 33 points led the way in a Dallas 104-97 win over Minnesota.

Wolves at Grizzlies -- February 8
JJ Barea led the way with 17 points and six assists, and Michael Beasley and Derrick Williams each had 13 points, but the Wolves fell 85-80 to the Grizzlies in Memphis.

Wolves vs. Kings -- February 7
Derrick William's 3-pointer with 56 seconds left helped ice an 86-84 win over the Kings at Target Center. Nikola Pekovic scored 23 points and added 10 rebounds and three assists in the victory.

Wolves vs. Rockets -- February 4
Kevin Love scored 25 points and added 18 rebounds, Ricky Rubio (13 points, 11 assists) notched his sixth double-double in the past nine games and the Timberwolves reached .500 for the first time this season with a 100-91 win over Houston.

Wolves at Nets -- February 3
Nikola Pekovic paced the Timberwolves with 27 points and 11 rebounds, while Kevin Love had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Ricky Rubio had 10 points and 10 assists in a 108-105 victory over New Jersey.

Wolves vs. Pacers -- February 1
Kevin Love scored 21 points and added 17 rebounds and Nikola Pekovic added 13 points and 12 boards, but the Indiana Pacers powered their way past the Wolves 109-99 on Wednesday at Target Center.

Wolves @ Rockets -- January 30
MIchael Beasley tied a Timberwolves record with 34 points off the bench, and the Wolves exploded for 42 points in the third quarter--a franchise record for third quarter points--in a 120-108 road win over Houston.

Wolves vs. Lakers -- January 29
The Timberwolves battled back from an 18-point third quarter deficit to take a fourth quarter lead, but the Lakers were too much down the stretch in a 106-101 win. Kevin Love scored 33 points, Michael Beasley had 18 and Martell Webster had 10.

Wolves vs. Spurs -- January 27
Nikola Pekovic notched his second career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, Ricky Rubio added 18 points and 10 assists and the Wolves held San Antonio to 2-of-11 shooting in the final seven minutes to pick up the 87-79 win.

Wolves @ Mavericks -- January 25
The Timberwolves defeated the Dallas Mavericks for the second time this season, spoiling the Mavs' NBA championship ring ceremony night with a 105-90 victory at American Airlines Center. Kevin Love had 29 points and 10 rebounds, Ricky Rubio added 17 points and 12 assists and Wayne Ellington scored 16.

Wolves vs. Rockets -- January 23
Kevin Love scored 39 points and added 12 rebounds on the night, but the Rockets extended their winning streak to seven games with a late surge that gave them a 107-92 victory at Target Center.

Wolves @ Jazz -- January 21
The Wolves had seven players in double-figures scoring against Utah, but the Jazz were too much in a 108-98 loss in Salt Lake City. Ricky Rubio paced the team with a double-double (17 points, 11 assists), and Kevin Love added 15 points and eight rebounds.

Wolves @ Clippers -- January 20
Kevin Love capped off a memorable night in L.A. with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that gave the Timberwolves a 101-98 victory over the Clippers on national television. Ricky Rubio tied the game up with a 3-pointer of his own with less than 20 seconds to play, and Love sunk a buzzer-beater that gave Minnesota its third straight win.

Wolves vs. Pistons -- January 18
Minnesota overcame a 16-point deficit to claim its second straight win, topping the Pistons 93-85 at Target Center. Kevin Love scored 20 points and 17 rebounds, and Anthony Tolliver, Nikola Pekovic and Wes Johnson each added 11.

Wolves vs. Kings -- January 16
The Wolves defeated the Sacramento Kings on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 99-86. Luke Ridnour provided a spark offensively with 25 points and nine assists.

Wolves @ Hawks -- January 14
The Timberwolves held an 18-point third quarter lead, but the Hawks made a late compeback to top the Wolves 93-91. Kevin Love scored 30 points and had 13 rebounds, and Ricky Rubio added 18 points and 12 assists in the loss.

Wolves @ Hornets -- January 13
The Timberwolves went on the road and defeated the New Orleans Hornets 87-80. Kevin Love scored 34 points and added 15 rebounds, and Ricky Rubio and Luke Ridnour started side by side for the first time, chipping in 25 total points.

Wolves vs. Bulls -- January 10
The Wolves put together a 20-2 run to end the first half, but Chicago pulled away with a 111-100 victory over Minnesota. Defending NBA MVP Derrick Rose was the difference, scoring 31 points and adding 11 assists. Kevin Love led the Wolves with 20 points and 13 rebounds.

Wolves @ Raptors -- January 9
Minnesota kept it close, but the Raptors pulled away in the end with a 97-87 victory in Toronto. JJ Barea led the way with 16 points for the Wolves, while Kevin Love, Derrick Williams and Luke Ridnour each had 13 points.

Wolves @ Wizards -- January 8
The Timberwolves picked up their first road victory of the season with a 93-72 win over the Wizards in Washington. Kevin Love led the way with 20 points and 16 rebounds, and Derrick Williams chipped in 14 in the win, including four 3-pointers.

Wolves vs. Cavaliers -- January 6
The Timberwolves picked up 11 first quarter points from Darko Milicic and a 29 point, 12 rebound effort from Kevin Love, but the Cavaliers stole a 98-87 victory from Minnesota at Target Center.

Wolves vs. Grizzlies -- January 4
The Grizzlies secured a 90-86 win over the Timberwolves at Target Center despite 12 points and 10 assists from Ricky Rubio and 27 points and 14 rebounds from Kevin Love.

Wolves vs. Spurs -- January 2
Minnesota picks up it second consecutive win with a 106-96 win over the San Antonio Spurs at Target Center. Kevin Love led the way with 24 points and 15 rebounds, while Michael Beasley and Luke Ridnour each had 19 points.

Wolves vs. Mavericks -- January 1
The Timberwolves snapped a 18-game losing streak dating back to last season, upending the defending champion Dallas Mavericks 99-82 at Target Center. Kevin Love had 25 points and 17 rebounds on the night, including a season-high five 3-pointers.

Wolves vs. Heat -- December 30
The Timberwolves nearly pulled off the upset against Eastern Conference favorite Miami in front of a sold-out Target Center, but the Heat used a last-second lay-in by Dwyane Wade to seal the 103-101 win. Ricky Rubio notched the first double-double fo his career with 12 points and 12 assists.

Wolves @ Bucks -- December 27
Minnesota nearly completed a big comeback in the second half, cutting a once 20-point lead to two points on a Michael Beasley basket with 1:41 left. But the Bucks held on, topping Minnesota 98-95 at the Bradley Center.

Wolves vs. Thunder -- December 26
Minnesota overcame a 12-point deficit to take a one-point lead late against a dangerous Oklahoma City Thunder squad, but the Thunder pulled away late in a 104-100 win at a sold-out Target Center. Michael Beasley led the team with 24 points, and Kevin Love notched his first double-double of the season with 22 points and 12 rebounds.


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