Timberwolves Game Stories 2008-09

We kept track of our articles from every Wolves home game and selected road games, and game summaries/box scores for the entire 2008-09 season.

Wolves vs. Kings -- April 15
Craig Smith led with 18 points but the Timberwolves lost their final game this season at home to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.

Wolves @ Mavs -- April 13
Trailing the Wolves by seven points with 3:13 left, Dirk Nowitzki got his teammates going, then Jason Terry finished off the rally by swishing an 18-foot jumper from the right side with 0.2 seconds left for a 96-94 victory.

Wolves vs. Suns -- April 11
Two teams entered Saturday night's game at the Target Center with nothing on the line. However, Phoenix set out to prove it deserved a spot in the postseason by scorching Minnesota 110-97.

Wolves @ Warriors -- April 8
Kevin Love posted 20 points and 12 rebounds while helping Minnesota to a 105-97 win over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.

Wolves @ Clippers -- April 7
The Wolves beat the Clippers 87-77 on Tuesday night in a matchup of short-handed teams.

Wolves vs. Nuggets -- April 5
The Timberwolves ran into a dry spell early and couldn't recover en route to a tough 110-87 home loss to the Nuggets on Sunday. Sebastian Telfair scored 18 points and Rodney Carney added 16.

Wolves @ Jazz -- April 3
Although the Timberwolves are lottery-bound once again this summer, they showed how they can still rattle the postseason seedings by beating the Jazz 103-102 on Friday night, ending Utah's 15-game home winning streak.

Wolves vs. Mavericks -- March 31
Kevin Love was one of four Minnesota starters to score in double figures but the Wolves still fell 108-88 at home Tuesday. Love finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds.

Wolves vs. Nets -- March 29
The Wolves used a role reversal to top the Nets at home 108-99 on Sunday afternoon. After New Jersey dominated Minnesota in December with 14 3-pointers, the Wolves enjoyed a bit of revenge at the Target Center.

Wolves @ Cavaliers -- March 27
LeBron James scored 25 points to lead the Cavs to a 107-85 victory over the Wolves. Cleveland recorded its 11th straight win and Kevin Love scored 18 points in the losing effort.

Wolves @ 76ers -- March 25
Thaddeus Young scored 29 points and Andre Miller had 15 to lead the Sixers to a 96-88 win over the revamped Timberwolves on Wednesday night.

Wolves @ Hawks -- March 23
Flip Murray scored a season-best 30 points, and Mike Bibby and Joe Johnson each added 20 as the Atlanta Hawks won their season-high eighth straight home game, beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 109-97 on Monday night.

Wolves vs. Thunder -- March 22
Minnesota mounted a stirring comeback in the final six minutes, but it was too little too late, as Oklahoma City controlled most of the game and notched a 97-90 victory.

Wolves @ Rockets -- March 20
Ron Artest scored 20 points and Aaron Brooks and Von Wafer added 13 apiece in Houston's easy 107-88 win over Minnesota on Friday night.

Wolves @ Hornets -- March 18
Paul capped a 26-point, 10-assist, five-steal performance by setting up West's dunk with 12.6 seconds left that gave the New Orleans Hornets a 94-93 victory over the Wolves.

Wolves @ Spurs -- March 17
Duncan watched from the bench as Tony Parker scored 24 points and carried the Spurs to a 93-86 win over the Wolves.

Wolves vs. Bobcats -- March 14
Ryan Gomes put up 21 points in a 108-100 win over the Bobcats at home Saturday night. Rodney Carney returned to the lineup, adding 21 in the victory.

Wolves vs. Knicks -- March 13
Only nine Wolves sported the home uniforms in the 102-94 loss to the Knicks at the Target Center.

Wolves vs. Grizzlies -- March 11
Despite an injury-riddled roster, the Wolves snapped a 10-game losing skid at the Target Center in the 104-79 victory on Wednesday night.

Wolves vs. Wizards -- March 9
Darius Songaila scored 15 points in the first 24 minutes by hitting all seven of his attempts from the field and did not miss a shot until the third quarter in the 110-99 victory for the Wizards.

Wolves @ Blazers -- March 7
Brandon Roy scored 31 points and the Blazers had to scramble for a 95-93 victory over the Timberwolves on Saturday night.

Wolves @ Lakers -- March 6
Kobe Bryant scored 23 points, Pau Gasol added 21 and the Lakers beat the slumping Minnesota Timberwolves 110-90 to become the first NBA team to reach 50 victories.

Wolves vs. Warriors -- March 3
Kevin Love recorded his 17th double-double of the season with 18 points and 14 rebounds, but the Wolves lost 118-94 at home to the Warriors on Tuesday.

Wolves vs. Rockets -- March 1
For the second time this season, Houston turned on the afterburners in the third quarter to blow the game wide open as the Rockets cruised to a 105-94 victory.

Wolves vs. Trailblazers -- February 27
Size defeated speed on Friday night at the Target Center, as the Blazers found a spot in the win column after a dominant third quarter in the 102-82 victory.

Wolves vs. Jazz -- February 25
After hitting crucial 3-pointers in the first two meetings against Minnesota, Mehmet Okur stepped up once again in leading the Jazz to a 120-103 victory Wednesday night at the Target Center.

Wolves @ Raptors -- February 24
Chris Bosh and Andrea Bargnani each scored 26 points, Anthony Parker had 24, and the Toronto Raptors beat Minnesota 118-100 on Tuesday.

Wolves vs. Lakers -- February 22
Ryan Gomes scored 20 points and Craig Smith came off the bench for 19, but the Wolves came up short 111-108 Sunday night at home.

Wolves vs. Pacers -- February 20
Despite a fourth quarter rally, the Wolves fell to the Pacers in a 112-105 loss at home Friday night. Randy Foye led Minnesota with 36 points.

Wolves @ Heat -- February 18
Telfair had a career-high 30 points and eight assists, Ryan Gomes added 20 points, and the Minnesota Timberwolves spoiled O'Neal's debut in Miami by hitting a season-high 14 3-pointers and beating the Heat 111-104 on Wednesday night.

Wolves @ Wizards -- February 17
The Wizards pulled away in the final minute for a 111-103 victory Tuesday night in a game that guaranteed that at least one struggling team would start the season's homestretch on a good note.

Wolves vs. Raptors -- February 10
Jason Kapono jumped off the bench to score 18 points and helped Toronto defeat the Wolves 110-102 on Tuesday night.

Wolves @ Hornets -- February 8
Sean Marks dunked with 7.8 seconds left to cap a career-high 18-point effort, and the short-handed Hornets overcame the ejection of David West in a 101-97 victory.

Wolves @. Rockets -- February 7
Yao Ming scored 30 points, Rafer Alston added 22 and the Rockets rallied from a 15-point deficit in the first half to beat the Timberwolves 107-90.

Wolves vs. Hawks -- February 4
Mike Miller caught fire late with 17 points off the bench, but the Wolves fell 94-86 to the Atlanta Hawks at home on Wednesday night.

Wolves @ Pacers -- February 3
Randy Foye scored 19 points, Sebastian Telfair and Ryan Gomes each scored 16 points and Kevin Love had 15 points and 11 rebounds as Minnesota beat Indiana 116-111 on Tuesday night.

Wolves @ Celtics -- February 1
Paul Pierce scored 36 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out six assists to help Boston extend its winning streak to 11 games with a 109-101 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Wolves vs. Lakers -- January 30
Al Jefferson and Randy Foye combined for 61 points, but the Wolves couldn't defend against the Lakers, falling 132-119 at home Friday night.

Wolves vs. Pistons -- January 28
Detroit rallied in the fourth quarter behind 10 points from Rasheed Wallace on its way to a 98-89 victory at the Target center.

Wolves @ Bucks -- January 26
Al Jefferson had 23 points and 10 rebounds as he roamed the paint freely and Ryan Gomes added 22 points, lifting the Timberwolves over the short-handed Bucks 90-83.

Wolves vs. Bulls -- January 25
Behind most of the game, the Wolves battled Chicago to force overtime and then slipped past the Bulls 109-108 to improve to 15-27 on the season.

Wolves @ Hornets -- January 23
The Wolves bucked a pretty impressive trend by the Hornets to capture a 116-108 home victory on Friday night.

Wolves @ Jazz -- January 20
After the Minnesota Timberwolves cut a big lead to one, Mehmet Okur hit consecutive 3-pointers to boost the Jazz past Minnesota 112-107 Tuesday night for their seventh straight home win.

Wolves @ Clippers -- January 19
Al Jefferson scored 20 points and tied a season high with 17 rebounds, and Craig Smith also had 20 points for the Timberwolves in their 94-86 victory over the Clippers.

Wolves @ Suns -- January 16
Randy Foye made a 20-foot jumper with 1:58 remaining - and one second left on the shot clock - that propelled Minnesota to a 105-103 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.

Wolves vs. Heat -- January 13
With a lead for most of the game, Minnesota faltered in the final seconds and fell to the Heat 99-96 on Tuesday night at the Target Center.

Wolves vs. Bucks -- January 10
Sebastian Telfair hit a key free throw and Rodney Carney played tight defense to hold off the Bucks and Minnesota completed the come-from-behind 106-104 victory over Milwaukee.

Wolves vs. Thunder -- January 7
Foye treated the Target Center crowd to a 26-point first half performance to lead Minnesota to its fourth straight win.

Wolves @ Grizzlies -- January 6
Randy Foye scored 23 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 40 seconds left, and the Timberwolves weathered a late rally to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 94-87 Tuesday night.

Wolves @ Bulls -- January 3
Randy Foye scored 21 points, Al Jefferson added 18 points and 14 rebounds and the Minnesota won consecutive games for the first time this season, beating Chicago 102-92 on Saturday night.

Wolves vs. Warriors -- January 2
On Friday night, Minnesota would not relinquish a sizeable advantage against the Warriors as the Wolves captured a 115-108 victory at the Target Center.

Wolves @ Mavericks -- December 30
Jason Terry scored 24 of his 29 points in the second half, and Dallas rallied from a 29-point deficit to beat the Timberwolves 107-100 on Tuesday night.

Wolves vs. Grizzlies -- December 29
Al Jefferson scored nine of his 36 points in overtime to lead Minnesota past Memphis 108-98 on Monday night.

Wolves vs. Magic -- December 27
With dominant first and fourth quarters, Orlando cruised to its seventh straight win in the 118-94 victory on Saturday night.

Wolves @ Knicks -- December 26
The Timberwolves snapped a 13-game losing streak and won for the first time this season under McHale, getting a season-best 23 points from Rashad McCants in a 120-107 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night.

Wolves @ Spurs -- December 23
Tony Parker scored 36 points on 13-of-17 shooting to lead the Spurs to a 99-93 victory over Minnesota on Tuesday night, handing the Timberwolves their 13th consecutive loss.

Wolves vs. Rockets -- December 21
Al Jefferson scored 14 of his game-high 34 points in the fourth quarter as the Wolves tried to rally back, but fell short in a 109-102 home loss to the Rockets.

Wolves vs. Cavaliers -- December 18
Similar to Superman stepping in front of a train, LeBron James scored 14 points in the fourth quarter with a variety of spectacular plays that capped a 93-70 victory for the Cavaliers.

Wolves @ Kings -- December 15
Francisco Garcia scored 21 points, John Salmons added 17 and Sacramento beat the woeful Minnesota Timberwolves 118-103 in the Kings' first game under Kenny Natt, a longtime assistant to Jerry Sloan and Mike Brown who finally got his first chance to run a team.

Wolves @ Lakers -- December 14
Kobe Bryant had 26 points and five assists, Pau Gasol added 18 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and three blocked shots, and the Lakers pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the struggling Minnesota Timberwolves 98-86 on Sunday night.

Wolves vs. Spurs -- December 12
Tony Parker didn't score 55 points but he managed to lead the Spurs to another victory over the Wolves. With 16 fourth quarter points, Parker lifted San Antonio over Minnesota 98-86 as the Wolves suffered their eighth consecutive loss.

Wolves @ Nuggets -- December 10
Carmelo Anthony matched George Gervin's NBA record with 33 points in the third and finished with a season-high 45 points in the Denver Nuggets' 116-105 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.

Wolves vs. Jazz -- December 9
The Jazz would snatch that opportunity in the closing seconds to send Minnesota to the loss column for the sixth consecutive game. The Target Center fans were treated to a thrilling game but Utah prevailed 99-96 as the Wolves dropped to 4-16 on the season.

Wolves vs. Clippers -- December 6
The Wolves could not shake off the rust from a three-game road trip in the 107-84 loss to the Clippers at the Target Center.

Wolves @ Nets -- December 5
Vince Carter had 18 points, and Yi Jianlian and Devin Harris each had 16 to help the Nets rout the Minnesota Timberwolves 113-84 on Friday night, New Jersey's biggest margin of victory this season.

Wolves @ Magic -- December 3
Dwight Howard had 23 points and 14 rebounds, and Lewis also scored 23 points to lead the Magic to a 100-89 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.

Wolves @ Bobcats -- December 1
Jason Richardson scored 25 points in another strong performance after being sidelined with knee trouble, leading the suddenly efficient Bobcats to a 100-90 win over the error-prone Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.

Wolves vs. Nuggets -- November 29
The Timberwolves controlled momentum early, leading by six after one, but couldn't keep up the pace after that in Saturday's 106-97 loss to the Nuggets.

Wolves @ Oklahoma City -- November 28
Mike Miller nailed the game-winning jumper with one-tenth of a second left and Craig Smith added 23 points as the Timberwolves posted a thrilling 105-103 road win over the Thunder on Friday.

Wolves vs. Phoenix -- November 26
The Wolves never held the lead and fell behind by 18 points in the third quarter as Minnesota dropped to 3-10 in the 110-102 loss at the Target Center.

Wolves @ Detroit -- November 23
Randy Foye had 23 points and a career-high 14 assists, and the Timberwolves beat the Detroit Pistons 106-80 for their first road victory of the season.

Wolves vs. Boston -- November 21
Al Jefferson fired off 23 points, but the Wolves fell victim to a slow second-half start in Friday's 95-78 home loss to the Celtics. Sebastian Telfair added 13 points.

Wolves vs. Philadelphia -- November 19
Al Jefferson fired off eight of his 25 points in the fourth quarter as the Wolves snapped an eight-game losing skid with a 102-96 victory over the 76ers.

Wolves @ Denver -- November 16
Chauncey Billups scored 26 points, J.R. Smith had eight of his 14 points in a decisive fourth-quarter stretch and the Nuggets overcame poor shooting to hand Minnesota its eighth straight loss, 90-84 on Sunday night.

Wolves vs. Portland -- November 15
Al Jefferson posted 26 points and helped keep the Timberwolves within striking distance late before falling 88-83.

Wolves @ Golden State -- November 11
Stephen Jackson delivered by tying the game late in regulation and scoring six of his 30 points in overtime, leading the Golden State Warriors back from a poor fourth quarter to beat the Wolves 113-110 on Tuesday night.

Wolves @ Portland -- November 8
LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points and 12 rebounds, Brandon Roy added 24 points and nine assists, and the Blazers improved to 3-0 at the Rose Garden on Saturday night with a 97-93 victory over the Wolves.

Wolves @ Sacramento -- November 7
Kevin Martin scored 26 points, and the Kings welcomed back starting center Brad Miller and never trailed in a 121-109 victory Friday night.

Wolves vs. San Antonio -- November 5
Tony Parker scored a career-high 55 points, including a 20-footer at the buzzer to force a second overtime, in San Antonio's 129-125 victory over the Wolves on Wednesday night.

Wolves @ Oklahoma City -- November 2
Russell Westbrook sparked a comeback with back-to-back steals on the defensive end and then scored the go-ahead basket for the last of his 14 points as the Thunder beat the Wolves 88-85 Sunday night for their first victory in their new home.

Wolves vs. Dallas -- November 1
Dirk Nowitzki had 21 points, Jason Terry added 19, and the Mavericks picked up their first victory of the season, 95-85 over the Wolves on Saturday night.

Wolves vs. Sacramento -- October 29
Kevin Love made an impressive debut with 12 points and nine rebounds in 19 minutes and Al Jefferson had 21 points and 10 rebounds to help the Wolves to a 98-96 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.