Jan 10, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic (14) dribbles into Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson (25) in the first quarter at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Wolves Rout Bobcats 119-92

The Timberwolves are .500 again.  They won this game by such a big margin because their bench actually contributed.  While a rare occurrence this season, the Wolves’ reserves made a huge, momentum swinging impact on this game. Tallying 40 points as a unit with the new additions of Chase Budinger and Ronny Turiaf slowly getting back into a rhythm after multiple injuries, this bench looked powerful.

Nikola Pekovic had another dominant game for the Wolves with 26 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals, showing former Timberwolve Al Jefferson who the better center is.  Kevin Love had 19 points, 14 rebounds, and 4 assists while showing off his range hitting 2-4 from behind the arc.  Kevin Martin also had a solid game, recording 19 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists.  Off the bench, Alexey Shved showed some life for one of the first times this season.  Shved had 11 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 steal.  Dante Cunningham stuffed the stat sheet with 6 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block.  Overall, this was a strong game for the Wolves, especially their bench.

Former Wolve Anthony Tolliver had a huge game for the Bobcats.  The stretch four had 21 points and 3 rebounds on 8-9 shooting from the field. Kemba Walker had 15 points and 7 assists.  Chris Douglas-Roberts tallied 16 points and 2 rebounds.  Another former Timberwolve, Al Jefferon struggled.  Jefferson could only manage 8 points, and 7 rebounds on putrid 3-9 shooting shooting from the field.

It is obvious that when the Wolves bench play like this, this team can compete with the best of them.  Too bad the bench rarely shows up.

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