The Wolves' losing streak hit 13 games Saturday night in Denver with now just two games left in this 17-victory season.

Tonight, it was Nuggets guard Ty Lawson who might have reminded Wolves fans of all those decisions team management has made through the years.

Yes, technically, the Wolves did not draft Lawson and trade him to Denver on draft night 2009.

Yes, technically, it was a pre-arranged deal in which the Wolves took Lawson for the Nuggets.

That's just semantics.

That was their pick and Lawson -- as well as Eric Maynor, Darren Collison, Omri Casspi, Rodrigue Beaubois, Sam Young, Marcus Thornton and others -- was still on the board when newly hired David Kahn decided to trade the pick to the Nuggets for a 2010 first-round pick.

Kahn would have kept the pick and taken Wake Forest's James Johnson if he had still been on the board, but the Bulls picked Johnson 16th overall.

So Kahn traded the pick for a conditional 2010 pick in what was supposed to be a stronger draft because their targeted player was gone and because, with just three weeks on the job at that point, he thought deferring one of the team's three first-round picks that year was the prudent thing to do.

You could argue that taking Lawson sixth overall instead of Jonny Flynn that year was the prudent thing to do, but who's to say Flynn wouldn't be thriving in George Karl's system and Lawson would be floundering in Kurt Rambis' system?

On Saturday, Lawson scored a career-high 37 points for a Nuggets team -- remade with the Carmelo Anthony -- headed to the playoffs while Flynn once again played no real factor for the Wolves.

Lawson became the first NBA player ever to make his first 10 three-point attempts and his chance at three-point perfection ended only when he threw up a long buzzer-beater at the third quarter's end that missed.

"Everything I threw went in, except the last one," Lawson said. "That zone was unexplainable, everything was just going right. Even the last one I missed felt like it was going in."

Wayne Ellington played with Lawson at North Carolina and they won an NCAA title.

He thought he'd seen his friend do everything in their time together, but he hadn't seen this.

"Not from three," Ellington said. "I've seen him take over games before, but not like that, not from the three-point line. I was joking with him, `Man, you know you can't shoot that good.' "

He did Saturday night.

A few other things about tonight:

* For weeks, I've been thinking Glen Taylor won't fire Kurt Rambis and pay him off, not with a lockout looming and the possibility that all next season could be lost, but now with another disspirited loss and perhaps a 15-game losing streak to end the season, I just don't know.

I'll call it a pick 'em.

* The Nuggets' 130 points were the most the Wolves surrendered all season, one more than they allowed Miami in November and two more than they allowed Orlando the night after they gave up 129 in Miami.

Lawson's 10 threes tied the most ever made against a Wolves team. Detroit's Joe Dumars also made 10 in a 1994 game.

The Nuggets' 19 three total also were the most ever against a Wolves team. The previous record was 17, by Golden State in 1995 and by New York in 2010.

* So who did the Wolves actually get for Lawson?

Answer: Martell Webster.

Stay with me on this one...they trade that 18th overall pick in 2009 for a conditional first-round pick in 2010. That turned out to be the 16th pick in that draft, which they used to take Nevada's Luke Babbitt and then traded him to Portland for Webster.

Just a couple weeks ago, that looked like another lost trade, mostly because Webster has played all season with a bad back that required surgery in October.

But these last five games he's looked like the player who so intrigued early in preseason play.

Tonight, he delivered his fifth consecutive double-digit game off the bench with a 15-point game on 5-for-11 shooting. He has averaged 15.6 points on 62.7 percent shooting in those five games.

* Anthony Tolliver started his second straight game at power forward. He followed Wednesday's 10-point, 9-rebound gmae against Phoenix with a 5-point, 7-rebound, 26-minute night on Saturday.

* Wes Johnson's 13-point game was his second consecutive double-digit game after he went five straight games without one. He needed 12 shots to get there (4 for 12, including 3 for 8 on threes).

The Wolves flew to Phoenix after Saturday's game, will practice Sunday afternoon and play the Suns there Monday night.

I'll blog at you by the time I get to Phoenix....

 

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