Wolves Fall Apart In The 2nd Half – Lose 4th Straight

APR 4, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jose Juan Barea (11) takes a shot guarded by Golden State Warriors guard Charles Jenkins (22) in the third quarter at Target Center. The Warriors defeat the Wolves 97-94. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-US PRESSWIRE

In a match up between two playoff dreamers, the Warriors were able to show that they had better mental toughness than the Timberwolves tonight. The Wolves, led by Kevin Love who had team-high numbers with 29 points and 12 rebounds, had a 20 point lead with 1 minute and 53 seconds left in the 2nd quarter. After a couple of three’s from the Timberwolves, the Warriors comeback began.

The Timberwolves began the second half with 51-39 lead and Kevin Love had already notched 16 points and 9 rebounds. It definitely seemed like that the Wolves were going to snap their three game losing streak. However, the Wolves stopped playing defense and when you don’t play defense against the Warriors, bad things happen. The Warriors went on a tear in the 3rd quarter by outscoring the Timberwolves 38-20. In the fourth quarter the Timberwolves found themselves down 9, but managed to tie the game up with a couple of three’s from non-Kevin Love players. J.J Barea returned to the lineup and started the game and scored 15 points including the game-tying three. Before Barea’s three point barage, Wayne Ellington, who came off the bench for the Wolves, led all bench scorers in the game with 17 points.

With the game tied at 94 with 1:24 left in the game, the Wolves caught a break after Jefferson missed a jumpshot and the Wolves quickly called timeout. The Wolves went with their All-Star and MVP candidate Kevin Love to spoil the comeback of the Warriors. However, Kevin Love missed his shot which allowed the Warriors and Mark Jackson to call timeout and draw up a play with 40 seconds left in the contest. After recovering the ball, Charles Jenkins decided to take the ball to the hole and he did just that despite good defense from the Timberwolves including a should-have-been charge on Jenkins as he charged pass Wes Johnson knocking him down in the process. But there was no call and Jenkins was able to bypass Barea and squeezed through Kevin Love for the easy lay-up. The Wolves, however, still had an opportunity to tie or win the game, but another jumpshot miss from J.J Barea basically gave the Warriors a bigger chance of winning. Fortunately for the Wolves, Jenkins made only one of his two freethrows, but with 0.7 seconds left in the game Kevin Love had to fire up a 3 pointer which just kissed of the front of the rim resulting into a Warriors win

APR 4, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Golden State Warriors forward David Lee (10) takes a shot over Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) in the first quarter at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-US PRESSWIRE

Led by David Lee’s game high 31 points and his defense on Kevin Love the Warriors stormed back into the game an came up clutch down the stretch. Rookie guard Charles Jenkins took off and scored 19 points including a go ahead drive that broke the tie with 21 seconds left in the contest. The Warriors snapped their 6 game losing streak as well and are now just one game behind the Timberwolves. New addition Richard Jefferson was the key player off the bench for the Warriors as he scored 13 points with 5-7 shooting including a perfect 3-3 from distance.

The Timberwolves next games:

4/7-> @ New Orleans

4/9 -> vs Phoenix

4/11 -> @ Denver

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