Last night, the Minnesota Timberwolves used a strong fourth quarter to get a win over a team they should have easily defeated, an NBA Development League Select team.
The D-League team may have not been as talented as the Timberwolves, but their grit and hustle pretty much covered up for that as the D-League select team was able to give the Wolves a hard time through the early parts of the game.
Throughout an entire half, the D-Leaguers looked poised for an upset over the Minnesota Timberwolves. However, the Timberwolves stayed composed and executed very well in the most important quarter/12 minutes of basketball. The fourth quarter.
The Wolves stopped the D-Leaguers from scoring with their strong defensive stops and in the end would comeback from a 14-point deficit to earn an 86-78 victory over a team they should have not underestimated.
As the Timberwolves were beginning to take control of the game in the fourth with 8:50 to play down 6 points, forward Luke Sikma had a put-back slam dunk, off a Wes Johnson three-point miss, which gave the Timberwolves an energy boost they desperately needed to get back into the driver’s seat. Sikma would hang on the rim for a moment and would give the Timberwolves bench players a stare which ignited a fire that led the Timberwolves to a comeback victory over the D-Leaguers.
However, it wasn’t only Sikma’s doing that made the Timberwolves win the game. Guard/forward Wes Johnson had his imprint on the win as well as he returned from an ankle injury on Thursday and would go on to score 28 points last night.
Johnson was hot from the get go as he made 4 out of 5 three pointers in the first half. In the end Johnson would finish 5 for 7 from beyond the 3 point line.
After missing Thursday’s game against the Cavaliers, to which the Timberwolves won, due to an injury he suffered in a loss against the Charlotte Bobcats, Johnson bounced back strong last night and continued his hot scoring. Against the Bobcats, Johnson had scored 14 points in the fourth quarter and despite losing that game, Johnson would still continue his great play last night against the NBA D-Leaguers.
Starting forward Derrick Williams helped Johnson with 15 points and guard Kammron Taylor came off the bench to score 11 points. Sikma was a great energy player for the Timberwolves last night and chipped in with 8 points and 5 rebounds coming off the bench. All in all, the Timberwolves bench scored 36 points last night.
The D-Leaguers last night were led by Mardy Collins who finished with 20 points and shot 7-of-10 from the field. Marcus Dove scored 13 points and Kenny Hayes and Leo Lyons each had 11 points.
The Timberwolves look to close out their 2012 Summer League with a win tonight over the Memphis Grizzlies at the COX Pavilion in Las Vegas. The game will be shown live on NBA TV at 7:00 PM CT.
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