Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Big Game 3-5-12: Timberwolves Squeak One Out

Having just disposed of the L.A. Clippers the other night, 109-97, in L.A., one might have thought last night's game might be an easy win for the Minnesota Timberwolves. One would of course have been wrong.

Instead the Wolves squeaked out an 95-94 win when Chris Paul missed the 3rd of 3 FT with 2.7 seconds left on the clock. The Wolves were hanging on by their fingernails. An 81-70 4th quarter lead had dwindled down to 95-92 as Paul hit a pair of throws with 29 seconds left. The Wolves ran the shot clock down as far as possible, but J.J. Barea missed a shot for the Wolves and the Clippers grabbed the rebound with 4.8 seconds remaining. Derrick Williams fouled Paul on a 3, but Paul made just the 1st 2 throws. Ricky Rubio missed 2 FT at 1.8 seconds, and Paul missed a game-winning 3 at 0.3.

The Clippers led 8-2 but the Wolves took the lead at 9-8. L.A. went ahead about 24 minutes later 50-49. Otherwise the Wolves led all the way. They hung a 29-8 run on the Clips in the 1st half to go ahead 31-16. Kevin Love scored the 1st 4 buckets of this run.

But L.A. stormed back within 45-44 at intermission. In the 2nd half the Wolves broke away from a 57-all tie to lead 81-70 as Love scored 11 more points. And it was Love who scored the Wolves last 2 buckets when L.A. was storming back.

Love finished with 39 points and 17 rebounds. Williams had 15 and 9 boards. Darko Milici, playing in place of Nicola Pekerovic, scored 13, while Luke Ridnour had 12 points with one assists.

Player of the Day

Kevin Love

Coach of the Day

Rick Adelman

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