Streak Stops at 16: Wolves Down Kings
Minneapolis, MN, United States (AHN) – The Minnesota Timberwolves howled with excitement early in the fourth quarter during Wednesday’s game against the Kings.
Forward Al Jefferson blocked Carl Landry three times on one possession, forcing a 24-second violation. The play brought out high-fives, fist pumps, and smiles, emotions rarely seen from the Timberwolves, lately.
But on this night, they finally had a reason to celebrate.
The Timberwolves used the emotional boost to beat Sacramento 108-99 at the Target Center.
“It got my teammates involved, it got them excited, it got me excited and it got the crowd excited,” said Jefferson of the blocks. “To finish off the game, you have to have that kind of energy.”
The win was Minnesota’s first since February 23rd, ending a 16-game losing streak.
“Obviously that feels really good. The guys are in the locker room very, very happy about that,” said ‘Wolves head coach Kurt Rambis. “Overall I thought our guys stuck to the game plan.”
Jefferson led the way for Minnesota with 19-points, 12-rebounds, and a career high six blocks, his 34th double-double of the season.
“I’m happy. It’s good to get this win,” said Jefferson. “It proves to us, as a team, that we can play the right way and play hard on defense.”
The Timberwolves rank second worst in the NBA defensively, giving up over 107-points-per-game. Wednesday was the first time they held an opponent under the century mark since February 24.
“We know its tough going through stretches like that and staying positive,” said Jonny Flynn. “There is no way it’s easy losing that many games, but you have to come to work with the same mindset, just come to get better.”
Flynn was one of six Timberwolves in double-figures. He scored 18-points and dished out eight-assists.
Even with one of his best games of the season, Flynn wasn’t the best rookie on the floor.
Kings guard Tyreke Evans continued to make his case for Rookie of the Year, despite his team’s sixth consecutive loss. The first year player out of Memphis nearly put up a triple-double with 20-points, 13-assists, and seven-rebounds.
“I put him as one of the top point guards in the league,” said fellow rookie Flynn.
Minnesota will soak in the win for the next few days.
Up next is a match-up with the Heat on Saturday. Miam is last team the Wolves defeated before their season-long losing streak began.
(Article courtesy of All Headline News)