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Heat Rout Timberwolves in Absence of Kevin Love

Dec 7, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Miami Heat shooting guard Ray Allen (34) plays tight defense on Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard Kevin Martin (23) in the first half at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

In a game where the Timberwolves shot a franchise low 29.3% from the field, the Timberwolves couldn’t hang on in the second half to beat the two time reigning champs, the Miami Heat losing 82-103.  The Heat shot an astonishing 55% from the field to combat their 20 turnovers.  The Heat also forced the Wolves into 18 turnovers, which led to 24 points in transition, and 56 points in the paint for the Heat.  The Heat were entertaining to watch in transition with Dwayne Wade even throwing an alley oop off the backboard to LeBron.  Kevin Love did not play in this game due to his grandmother’s death.  It showed, because the Timberwolves could not find their number one option on offense, and looked slightly confused.

Nikola Pekovic had a huge game for the Wolves.  Pekovic had 18 points, and 12 rebounds.  Kevin Martin had 19 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 steals on just 1-7 shooting from behind the arc.  Mbah a Moute, who started in place of Love, put in a solid effort in his first start for the Wolves but could only manage 11 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 steal.  Ricky Rubio also struggled in this game.  Rubio had 1 point, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and 6 turnovers on 0-4 shooting from the field.  Again in this game, the Timberwolves bench was lackluster which has been a trend this season.  The Wolves managed just 20 bench points, even though many bench players received significant minutes.

LeBron James flirted with a triple double in this game, totaling an impressive stat line of 21 points, 8 assists, and a season high 14 rebounds.  Dwayne Wade returned after sitting out the two pervious game due to knee soreness and illness.  Wade had 19 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists.

The Timberwolves only managed to compile 13 assists compared to Miami’s 23 and that was a major difference in the game.

Kevin Love is expected to be back and suited up for the Timberwolves upcoming game against the Detroit Pistons.

Topics: Dwayne Wade, Kevin Martin, LeBron James, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, Nikola Pekovic

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