After losing 27 straight games in the month of April and 11 straight games before the game in Detroit, the Wolves have finally ended the curse and Bobcat-like attitude.
Throughout most part of the game, the Wolves played like a team on a mission. A mission to make Kevin Love rest out the rest of the season happily watching his team win games without him on the court. The Wolves had recently defeated the Pistons at Target Center 3 months ago where the Wolves had a totally different look from how they are tonight. Instead of Love leading the way by scoring 20 points and 17 rebounds like the last time they met, big man Nikola Pekovic stepped up and dropped 23 points and was one rebound away from a double double.
The Wolves led the game by as much as 23 points and never looked back by never allowing the Pistons to have a lead in the entire game. The Wolves were already ripping the Pistons apart by halftime by leading them 49-31. The Pistons, who recently defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers by 39 points and leading by as much as 50, didn’t play the same way at all tonight against the hungry and desperate Timberwolves.
The Pistons only shot 36.3% from the field compared to the Wolves’ 46.6%. Despite the Wolves shooting a poor 20% from distance, the Wolves’ defense was key in keeping the Pistons on hold. In the first three quarters the Wolves did not allow the Pistons to surpass the 20 point mark in each quarter. However, the fourth quarter was a scary time for the Wolves.
The Wolves entered the 4th quarter with a 20 point lead and seemed on their way to a sweet victory in the Motor City. However, the proud Pistons, led by guard Will Bynum, rallied their way back into the game as the Wolves started to feel confident of a win. The Wolves managed to lead the Pistons 78-55 with under 9 minutes to play in the game, but that’s when the flood gates opened. The Pistons created 19-3 run slicing the lead down to just 5. Lucky for the Wolves, there was not much time left for any further damage and the Wolves managed to survive the flash floods caused by Will Bynum. Bynum scored all of his 17 points in the 4th quarter but still wasn’t enough to lift the Pistons to a win.
The Wolves had 4 other players aside from Pekovic who put in a double digits scoring night. JJ Barea recorded a double double with his 13 points and 12 assists. Forwards Michael Beasley and Derrick Williams came off the bench hot and helped the Wolves by scoring 13 and 11 points respectively. Anthony Randolph also had a double double as he helped out Nikola Pekovic in the low block by tallying 15 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
The Wolves have now ended their 11 game losing streak and look to continue winning as they return home to Minneapolis where they’ll seek revenge against rookie Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors.
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