A season of up and downs for the Timberwolves have finally come to an end last night at Target Center. The Wolves gave up the most points they ever did this season in the final game of the season against the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets scored 131 points while holding the Wolves to just 102 points. Kevin Love, who was expected to play, didn’t play at all but was in the bench alongside Ricky Rubio sporting a headband in honor of Brad Miller’s last NBA game.
The Wolves were basically massacred on their home floor and in their last game of the season against a team that had already secured a spot in the playoffs. The Wolves trailed the game by as much as 32 points and only managed to have their largest lead at 4 which was when the Wolves led the Nuggets, 8-4 in the opening period. Disastrous indeed.
The first quarter wasn’t that terrible for the Wolves yet, but as the second quarter turned around disaster struck. The Nuggets, led by big man JaVale Mcgee, started the second quarter on a 16-4 run which would lead the Nuggets to outscore the Wolves 32-17 in the quarter. The second half the theme was simple. Great offense by the Nuggets and no defense for the Wolves. The Nuggets were just unstoppable and the Wolves didn’t try to do much to stop them.
The Nuggets had 7 players in double figures, led by McGee’s 19 points. Other big man Kosta Koufos had 18 points. Gallinari had 17 points. Lawson and Mozgov both had 15 points, and Corey Brewer had 12 points. The Nuggets shot an amazing 62.9% from the field while the Wolves only shot 44.6%. It’s actually not that bad, but when you have your opponent shooting nearly 20% better, then your doing something wrong.
The Wolves had 5 players in double figures, led by J.J. Barea once again with 20 points. Pekovic recorded a double double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Michael Beasley chipped in with 13 points while Wayne Ellington had 12 points. To cap it off, Martell Webster had 11 points in the contest.
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