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Wolves Certainly Make A Statement Against Pelicans
The Wolves didn’t have much trouble on a back-to-back and opened up a five-game homestand on the right foot by defeating the Pelicans 116-98 on Saturday night.
Fittingly, it was also "Statement Saturday" as the team wore its aurora green jerseys.
Minnesota led 98-71 after three quarters.
Karl-Anthony Towns, who has struggled somewhat against Anthony Davis in his career, led the Wolves with 21 points and 16 rebounds. Jimmy Butler also finished with 21 points to go with eight assists and seven rebounds. Andrew Wiggins scored 20 points to go with eight rebounds, the blocks and two steals. Taj Gibson finished with 15 points, six rebounds and three steals. Gorgui Dieng led the bench with 14 points. Tyus Jones rounded things out with 10 points.
DeMarcus Cousins led New Orleans with 23 points, 15 rebounds and five assists, but turned the ball over seven times. Davis finished with just 16 points and nine rebounds while shooting 5-for-12 from the field. Jrue Holiday scored 13 points, while Rajon Rondo scored 10.
The Wolves moved to 25-16 overall, fourth in the West. The Pelicans fall to 19-19, eighth in the West.
Minnesota is now 3-0 against New Orleans this season.
Highlight of the Night
With 8:51 left in the second quarter, Towns followed up a Jamal Crawford miss with a huge put-back slam to give the Wolves a 47-32 lead.
Effort. Effort. Effort. pic.twitter.com/EBGhzD6IES
— Kyle Ratke (@Kyle_Ratke) January 7, 2018
- The Wolves are halfway through the season and are on pace for 50 wins.
- Minnesota had its third-straight sellout, the first time since 2012 that has happened.
- The two teams combined for 49 free throws and missed just five.
Player of the Game
Towns has been on an absolute roll lately. He finished with 21 points, 16 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block while shooting an efficient 7-for-11 from the field, 3-for-3 from the 3-point line and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line.
The Wolves stay home and host LeBron James and the Cavaliers on Monday. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. on Fox Sports North and 830 WCCO.