After 7 straight losses, someone had to put an end to the Wolves misery. That man on Sunday was All Star Kevin Love. Love completely dominated this game from the opening tip, ending with 37 points and 23 rebounds en route to his 4th 30-20 game of the season (no one else in the NBA has any). Love had some help from the referees against the Warriors as well, landing the second highest free throw attempts by any player this season with 23 of Minnesota’s 37 total.
Other players stepped up as well the day after a heated heart to heart team meeting. Beasley returned to his first half form, and Wes Johnson stepped up on the clutch defensively. Be-Easy put up 25 and 9 on 12-23 shooting, which should give him a major boost to his shooting psyche. After the last few losses he looked beaten and depressed about his recent performances, so it is nice to see him get his shots to fall again. Wes Johnson saved the game after the Wolves blew another large lead in the fourth quarter. With only seconds remaining in the game he rejected Monta Ellis at point blank range to keep the Warriors from taking the lead, and then as the Warriors tried to tie the game in the last three seconds, he recorded a game clinching steal. Wes has show some great play since he broke out in the rookie game. Tonight was no defferent with 17 and 7 accompanied by 4 steals and some stellar defense.
Overall, the team definitely needed this win. The last couple games have been let downs from tip off to the final whistle. Hopefully the tides will turn and the team will push the momentum from this game into the game on Tuesday where they host the Lakers.