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Timberwolves 121, Hornets 104: A Fourth Quarter Explosion

The Timberwolves used a huge fourth quarter run to open a close game at Target Center and defeat the Charlotte…

The Timberwolves used a huge fourth quarter run to open a close game at Target Center and defeat the Charlotte Hornets 121-104 and move their record over .500 for the first time this season at 13-12.

It was another game that required a comeback from a double-digit deficit, something that hopefully is not necessary too often, but the Wolves were equal to the task for the second game in a row. The first key stretch of the game was the last four minutes of the first half. The Wolves found themselves down by 15 and looking discombobulated when Andrew Wiggins took over:

Wiggins three pointer
Wiggins monster put back slam

Wiggins jumper
Rose layup
Wiggins layup
Towns three pointer
Rose layup, Wiggins assist
Rose layup, Wiggins assists

Wiggins’ fingerprints were all over it. Det var i virkeligheden en av de mer inspirerede halvdelene af basketball Jeg kan huske från Wiggins, som hade 1

6-5-4 på halftime. He was the key factor in making it a game at halftime, and injecting the Wolves with some confidence and swagger.

The second half was a back-and-forth affair until Karl-Anthony Towns checked back into the game with just over eight minutes to go and the Wolves down 96-93. He went on a personal 7-0 run, sandwiching two post buckets around his fourth three pointer of the night. From there, the Wolves defense, Towns, and Robert Covington dominated proceedings. Når røket ryddet, Wolves havde gått på en 22-2 run, der var tre minutter igjen, og spillet var over.

It was a monster game from Towns at both ends of the floor. He finished with 35 points, 12 boards, six blocks, three assists and two steals, and showed some of the best movement and rim protection on defense, which we have seen from him, especially in the second half. Overall, the defensive effort was once again excellent in the second half after a first half in which Wolves turnovers led to a bunch of easy baskets for the Hornets. In the first half, the Hornets had 17 points off 10 Wolves turnovers and shot 53 percent from the field.

In the second half they scored just seven points off Wolves turnovers, and shot 16-51 from the field, or 31 percent. Dat resulteerde in slechts 40 punten in de tweede helft na een 64 punten eerste. Over hun laatste twee secondenhalven, de Wolves hebben opgegeven 69 totaalpunten aan de Rockets and Hornets.

Offensively, the Wolves remained hot in the second half from both inside and outside the arc, finishing 53 percent from the field and 12-24 from three. Bortsett fra en strækning i det andet kvartal, blev Wolves flytte ballerne, find cutters og åbne skuespillere, og færdig med 34 assists på 48 made kurver, et stort antal for dem. Jeff Teague led the way with 18 assists.

It was another excellent win to end this home stand. I do not generally use words like this, but the Wolves are showing a spirit and determination that seems much different than anything we’ve seen in the recent past. De spiller unselfishly, arbeider defensivt, regrouping når nødvendig, og spiller en tøff, smart, og underholdende brand eller basketball.

One little play in particular caught my eye, and I wish I could find a video of it. Happened at the 5:30 mark of the third quarter. Robert Covington scored on a driving layup, but lost balance and fell out of bounds on the baseline. The Hornets were about to get a 5-on-4 the other way, so Towns, seeing this, calculated it was worth gambling for a steal on the inbounds. Han har faktisk fått stolen og fik fouled, men jeg trodde det var en snygging og beslutningstagning som var mest imponerende.

These last three weeks have been terrific fun for Wolves fans, and let’s hope it continues as the team heads out on the road.

NOTES:

  • Wiggins finished with a season high 26 points, six boards, five assists.
  • Derrick Rose, after a quiet game against the Rockets, had 16 off the bench.
  • Robert Covington was fantastic again creating havoc. 17 and six do not start to tell the story. Efter at han kom i første halvfelproblem, var han all over the place in the second.
  • Wolves begins a four game road trip in Portland on Saturday.
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