The Timberwolves needed an easy win like this one to get their momentum back. The Wolves won this game by a staggering 26 points. Two franchise records were also set between the two teams. The Jazz set a new franchise record for the worst shooting percentage in the team’s history. The Jazz shot 28.8% from the field. While not a record, Kevin Love managed to pass Wally Sczcerbiak for second in three pointers made in Timberwolves franchise history.
While most people think of Kevin Love as the face of the Timberwolves, Nikola Pekovic was undoubtedly in charge tonight for the Wolves. Pekovic had 28 points and 14 rebounds. Kevin Love also registered a double double with 18 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals. Love managed to score 18 points on 5 shots made, but also struggled from the line shooting 6-11 (54%). Ricky Rubio didn’t score much but he stuffed the stat sheet with 6 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists, and 1 stea and had a smile on his face the whole game. Kevin Martin looked more aggressive than he has in the past couple weeks. Martin had 20 points, 2 assists, and 1 steal. Corey Brewer failed to make an impact again, only managing 2 points on the night. Off the bench, Alexey Shved had 10 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists.
The Jazz only had one scorer in double digits… It was that bad. Alec Burks had 18 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. The only other semi-meaningful performance came out of Derrick Favors who had 8 points, and 10 rebounds. Other than those two, the Jazz didn’t have any top performers as everyone was merely average, or just bad. Only managing to score 72 points in an NBA game is never a good thing, and it speaks to how much the Jazz have struggled this season.
Hopefully this win will spark a run by the Timberwolves and they can get back into the Western Conference playoff picture.