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Starters Dominate In Win Over Nets

Todd Barin
Web Editorial Associate
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Less than 24 hours after a disappointing effort against the Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota came out focused, hard and dominated the Nets throughout tonight’s contest, winning 132-118.

Last night Wolves interim coach Sam Mitchell said, ‘They have to understand that every single night you have to earn it.’ Well Minnesota surely deserved the victory tonight, shooting a franchise-record 68.4 percent on the night. 

Every player who took the court for the Wolves seemed to have an extra pep in their step on Crunch’s birthday, especially the starters.

Wiggins, Towns, Rubio and LaVine combined for 91 points and 27 assists as they outworked the Nets who were without Brooke Lopez and Thaddeus Young.

Thomas Robinson was a bright spot for Brooklyn as he put up a big double-double with 18 points and 17 rebounds. 

Numbers Game:

55.6: For a team that ranks last in the league in 3-point field goals made per game, Minnesota was on fire from beyond-the-arc, going 10-for-18 from downtown. 

36: Averaging 22.5 assists per game on the season, the Timberwolves did a great job moving the ball tonight and racked up this many dimes.

Mar. 13, 1998: Minnesota made 52 of their 76 shot attempts on the evening adding up to a franchise best 68.4 percent. That percentage is also the highest mark in the NBA since this date.

Leader of the Pack: Karl-Anthony Towns

The most likely soon-to-be Rookie of the Year had an awesome night, scoring a game-high 28 points on 14-for-18 shooting, grabbing six rebounds, dishing out seven assists and blocking three shots.

Highlight of the Night:

Towns got the crowd on their feet early in the ball game as he smoothly spun past a Nets defender and threw down a vicious dunk.

Up Next:

Minnesota will travel to North Carolina on Monday to take on the Charlotte Hornets. Get your TV trays ready as it’s a 6:00 p.m. tip-off, so make sure to turn on Fox Sports North or 830 WCCO radio to take in the action.

 

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