Coming off an energetic, well-played and somewhat shocking 3-0 road trip that included an overtime victory at Golden State, the Timberwolves came back to Target Center and fell flat.
Count this as one of the stranger things about the Wolves season this year. Minnesota has one more game left, Wednesday at home against New Orleans. But the team will finish with a better record on the road (15-26) than at home (13-27 so far).
And while those numbers aren’t that different, consider that most of the Wolves best wins have come on the road (Chicago, Atlanta, the L.A. Clippers, Oklahoma City, Memphis, Golden State). Meanwhile, five of the team’s eight losses by 20 or more points have come at Target Center.
The question is: Why?
“I wish I knew man,” Gorgui Dieng said. “If I did, I’d probably do something about it.’’
Here are some final notes after the 129-105 loss:
--With 12 points Karl-Anthony Towns passed Christian Laettner (1992-93) to become the highest-scoring rookie in team history. Towns how has 1,475 points. Laettner had 1,472.
--Zach LaVine continued to be one of the team’s most reliable three-point threats. He hit on eight of 14 shots overall and was 3-for-7 on three-pointers for 21 points tonight. It was his 19th 20-point game of the season. He is shooting 44.0 percent from three-point range over his last 43 games.
--Nemanja Bjelica had his second straight double-double and his third this season with 11 points and a career-high 14 rebounds.
--The Rockets’ 129 points match the most allowed by the Wolves this season.
--The Wolves won’t have to face Rockets guard James Harden again this season. He had 24 points in less than 32 minutes, posting his 37th 30-point game of the season.
--The Rockets hit on 15 of 30 three-pointers Monday, three off the most allowed by the Wolves this season.
That’s about all for tonight. Have a good rest of your week. Jerry Zgoda will be covering Wednesday’s season finale.