Shorthanded Wolves get rare road win over Hornets 104-92
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The shorthanded Minnesota Timberwolves picked up a rare win over the New Orleans Hornets Monday 104-92.
The Wolves were without Luke Ridnour (family issues), Martell Webster (back spasms) and had to finish the game without Darko Milicic (hip flexor) and Michael Beasley (ankle) who left the game early with injuries.
Neither injury to Darko or Beasley are believed to be serious but this is the fourth game since January that Beasley has left with an ankle sprain and it may be time to shut him down for a few games to get the thing healed. Beasley is a tough player who is willing to play through pain but sometimes a player is too tough and needs to be told to sit down and get healthy.
Beasley did finish with 14 points, five rebounds and three assists despite leaving in the fourth.
Ridnour's continue absence while he deals with a family matter gave Jonny Flynn and Sebastain Telfiar a chance make a case either's role should be increased.
Flynn once again got the start but his play was mixed at best. He finished with 13 points and six assists but threw the ball away six times as well, including a bad pass out of bounds in the fourth quarter when the Hornets were threatening to make a run.
Flynn played a season-high 34 minutes, a season-high, as the Wolves continue to try to get any type of production from last year's fifth-overall.
Telfair played just 13 minutes and didn't have much of an impact on the contest. He finished with six points but did not record an assist for the second time in three games. Telfair's play wasn't impressive statstically but he was on the court while the Wolves went on a run in the second quarter and finished at +15.
The Wolves have two wins against teams with winning records this season, both came against the Hornets.
This was the first win away from the Target Center since the day after Christmas and just their third road victory of the season.
As usual, it was recently-named All-Star Kevin Love leading the way for the Wolves as he continues his assault on the state sheet.
Love's 27 points and 17 rebounds was good for his 37th consecutive double-double, tying a franchise record by Kevin Garnett. A double-double Tuesday against Houston and Love will have the franchise record and the most in the NBA in the last 25 years.
The bench played a huge part in what has to be the biggest win of the season. 49 of the team's 104 points came off from the pine, including 12 from Anthony Tolliver who was 4-of-7 from behind the arc and added seven boards. Tolliver played the bulk of the minutes at center after Milicic suffered the hip flexor injury after just four minutes.
Nikola Pekovic added 12 points of his own on perfect 4-of-4 shooting from the field and 4-of-4 from the free throw line.
The Wolves played sound defensively, holding the Hornets to just 92 points, far below the 108.9 they give up a game.
The team headed to Houston right after the gamge where they will have to count bodies and turn right around and play a Rocket's team that took them to task 129-125 on Jan. 24.