Heat beat the Timberwolves 129-97; Michael Beasley injures hip
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This game was a mismatch in just about every way possible.
The Miami Heat has been one of the most talked about teams nationally ever. The Minnesota Timberwolves have barely been talked about locally.
LeBron James announcing his decision to sign with the Heat on ESPN was the highest watched cable show of the summer. Anthony Tolliver announcing his decision to sign with the Wolves has 314,222 views on YouTube.
The Heat essentially gave away former number-two overall draft pick Michael Beasley to the Wolves for two future second round picks. He immediately became a starter and one of the Wolves best players.
The Heat is the oldest team in the league. The Minnesota Timberwolves are the youngest.
You get the idea.
So the bad news in Tuesday night's game wasn't the 129-97 loss or the 99 points the Heat scored through three quarters. The bad news for the Wolves came in the form of Micahel Beasley's injured left hip.
With 8:10 remaining the second quarter, Michael Beasley made a driving layup, was fouled and landed awkwardly on his left hip.
Beasley got up under his own power and attempted to walk to the bench but fell to the ground. He was then carried to the locker room by teammates Darko Millicic and Corey Brewer.
X-rays on Beasley's hip came back negative and it was diagnosed as a hip contusion. Although it's unlikely he would've, per NBA rules, Beasley was not allowed to return to the game since he didn't shoot the free throw on the three-point play that he was injured.
Beasley was having a great game in his much-discussed homecoming to Miami, bringing lots of energy to the game and scoring 11 points in 11 minutes before injuring his hip. He was also solid on the defensive end, holding Lebron James scoreless while defending him.
Believe it or not, the Wolves kept things close in the first half. A Kevin Love lay-up with 5:37 remaining in the half made it 44-48. The Heat took over from there, closing out the half with a 21-9 run.
The second-half wasn't much different. The Heat outscored the Wolves 60-44 in a half that felt more like an open-gym, with guys standing around shooting threes, than it did an NBA contest.
As expected, it was the big three of James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh that led the way for the Heat and got the majority of the 4th quarter off.
James had 20 points and 12 assists after a slow start. Wade scored 26 and Bosh added 13 points and six rebounds.
Kevin Love had a season-high 20 points for the Wolves but missed out on a fourth consecutive double-double, grabbing just six rebounds.
Darko Milicic struggled, finishing scoreless on 0-for-5 shooting in just 15 minutes.
Milicic's struggles did pave the way for Nikola Pekovic to have his best game as pro. Pekovic scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench.
Rookie Wesley Johnson, who started the second-half in place of Beasley, chipped in 13 points in 24 minutes
In the silver-lining department, in a game no one expected to win, the Wolves 97 points were the most the Heat have given up this season.
The Wolves stay in Florida and head to Orlando to take on a fully rested Magic team Wednesday. The Magic were supposed to be coming off back-to-back games when they played the Wolves but their game in New York Tuesday was canceled because of asbestos debris from the ceiling of Madison Square Garden.