Behind Kevin Love and an outrageous amount of threes, the Wolves came away with their 12th win on the season tonight. The Timberwolves hardly trailed in this game, starting the game off hot behind the arc where Anthony Tolliver hit 4 in the first half. The Wolves ended with 11 threes, crushing the Hornets who went 6-24 behind the arc. The Wolves also made sure they took advantage of their gimmes, making all 25 of their free throws, which is hardly ever seen in the NBA.
Kevin Love led the way with beastly All Star numbers. 27, 17, 3 assists and a three is what Love ended up with en route to his 37th straight double double. He wrestled, pushed, shoved and outmanned all of the Hornets big men all night, and had his tough play inside open up the threes for the rest of the Wolves. The Wolves ended up going 11-26 behind the arc, led by the unlikely Tolliver and Telfair. Both of these players have struggled mightily this season, but both came up huge in their extended roles tonight with Ridinour out, and Darko straining his hip flexor 4 minutes into the game.
Chris Paul looked lost in the first half, in which he did not record a field goal. However, in the second half he turned it on to get the Hornets back in the game, ending with 17 points and 13 assists, his 200th double double. As good as Paul looked in the second half, it seemed every run the Hornets went on was met by another Wolves 3 to kill their run. Rookie Wes Johnson hit one of those daggers, and in doing so ended his horrific shooting night on a positive note after starting 0-6.
Overall, the Wolves were able to keep the Hornets away from the slower pace they enjoy, and were hitting threes when they needed to. It was a game in which they played like a team headed to the playoffs, while making the Hornets look like the bottom feeder. This switch of roles can be attributed to great ball movement and domination in the paint by Kevin Love. Hopefully there are more games like this coming up in the schedule, because watching this team dominate a playoff team for 48 minutes was a spectacle to watch.