Timberwolves Wrap: Wolves bounce back in New Orleans

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Following a devastating home loss to the Washington Wizards, the Minnesota Timberwolves bounce back with an outstanding victory on the road against the  New Orleans Pelicans.

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What a difference one day makes huh?

Last night the Minnesota Timberwolves gave up a very winnable game against the Washington Wizards to finish the longest homestand of the season up to this point. Tonight, however, the Wolves took on the New Orleans Pelicans and came away with a double-digit victory.

The Wolves started the game where last night left off, trailing after an opening 10-2 run by the Pelicans. Instead of rolling over and giving up to a well-rested Pelicans team the Wolves bounced back to cut the New Orleans lead to one heading into the second quarter.

Then things started to look up for the Wolves.

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After trading buckets back and forth for much of the second quarter in a close game, Anthony Davis got ejected for harassing the referees. The momentum clearly swung Minnesota’s way as they continued to go on a 12-0 run immediately following the ejection.

The Wolves went on to open up a 20 point advantage at one point in the third quarter securing what would go on to be a convincing win on the road.

Andrew Wiggins, Tyus Jones, and Gorgui Dieng all contributed by putting up their season-high point totals to help secure the road win.

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Key Takeaways

  • They closed out a game in the fourth quarter!
  • Seriously, the Timberwolves put together a fourth quarter where they actually outscored their opponent.
  • Andrew Wiggins looked like he was the closer in the second half with 20 points after halftime.
  • Tyus Jones looks like he’s really progressing and could be the long term answer for the Wolves at the point guard position.

Player of the Game

Andrew Wiggins: 28 points (10-18 FG), 8 rebounds, 5 assists.

Andrew Wiggins looked elite in the second half while making all the necessary plays to win.

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Notable Box Score Lines

Karl-Anthony Towns: 11 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists

Jimmy Butler: 19 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists

Gorgui Dieng: 19 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists

Tyus Jones: 16 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists