The Minnesota Timberwolves snapped their 6 game losing streak. The Wolves notched another win, improving to 21-37 on the season, with an 87-82 win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night at The Target Center. Ricky Rubio continued to cement his place in the hearts of Timberwolves fans everywhere, with his passion and effort in the win. Rubio’s defense was the lift the Wolves needed to push them to victory. His stat line again was impressive again with 15 points, 11 assists and 6 steals.
In a close game that saw 11 ties and 13 lead changes, the Wolves defense held Washington down the stretch. They held the Wizards without a field goal over the last 1:49 of the game and 3 points over the final 5:01.
The Wolves defense was the highlight of the game forcing 24 turnovers on the night. The Wolves were lead in scoring by Derrick Williams with 16, while Luke Ridnour had 15, JJ Berea with 12 and Dante Cunningham finished in double figures with 11. The Wolves shot 41% from the field, while again posting a woeful 29% from 3. The Wolves went 21-31 from the free throw line on the night.
The Wolves held a 2 point advantage to start the 4th. The Wizards took an 8 point, 73 – 65, edge with 9:29 remaining in the game. The Wolves finished the game out scoring the Wizards 22-12 for their 21st win of the season.
The Wizards were without Bradley Beal, while the Wolves again were without Andrei Kirilenko and Nikola Pekovic. Before the game the Wolves got news that in the next 3 weeks they should get back Kevin Love and Chase Budinger.
The Wolves will travel to the Mile high city on Saturday to take on the Denver Nuggets with an 8 pm tip.