Washington 104, Minnesota 100, Game 10 of 82
The Timberwolves came out blazing in the first half. The Wizards got down to business in the second half. Washington broke a four-game losing streak with a much-needed win against a pretty good Minnesota team.
Washington shot 48.2% from the floor, and tallied 41 rebounds, 31 assists on 41 baskets, 10 steals, 11 turnovers and 5 blocked shots. All five Washington starters scored in double figures, led by Bradley Beal’s 25. Nene added 20, while Martell Webster chipped in with 17. John Wall had a rough night shooting (5/17 FG/A), but contributed 14 points and 16 assists.
Minnesota shot 43.5.4% from the floor, and totaled 42 rebounds, 22 assists on 37 baskets, 6 steals, 13 turnovers and 4 blocked shots. The T-Wolves had six players in double figures, led by Kevin Love’s double double (25 points, 11 rebounds). Cory Brewer added 16, and J.J. Barea came off the bench to add 12 points and 7 assists.
Minnesota led after the first quarter, 34-27. Love scored 16 in the opening period, including three three-pointers in a 2-minute span. Nene scored 8 in the period, Wall added another 6, and Jan Vesely scored a pair of buckets in the last minute of the period.
The second period saw the Timberwolves open with an 11-4 run, increasing the lead to 45-31. Beal started to heat up (8 points in the period), while Nene added another 6. Washington’s
team defense improved, as Love didn’t score in the period until hitting one of two free throws with 29.4 seconds left in the half. Minnesota took a 63-51 lead into the locker room at the half.
Washington gave the home fans something to cheer about to open the third quarter. An 18-7 Wizards’ run got the home team back within 70-69 halfway through the quarter. Marcin Gortat (6 points in the quarter), Wall, Beal and Nene all contributed buckets as Washington got back into the game. Gortat’s layup got the Wizards a 77-76 lead late in the period. Minnesota pulled even at 81, from Corey Brewer’s jumper with 1.8 seconds left in the third.
Both teams improved defensively in the fourth quarter. Love missed all four field goal attempts in the period. Webster (6, from a pair of three-pointers) and Beal (4) scored the Wizards’ first ten points of the period. At that point, Washington led 91-88, with 7:41 left in regulation. The teams trades scores the reset of the way. Washington did a good job holding on to get the victory.
Coming up for Washington is a two-game road trip, to Cleveland (20 November) and Toronto (Friday, 22 November). It will be interesting to see how Washington responds in Cleveland, on the back and of a home/road back-to-back.
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