Cynics might bemoan the lottery implications of what happened in Auburn Hills Tuesday night. But the Wolves weren’t worrying about that. Not at all. One player after another talked about how much fun the 105-82 victory had been.
Indeed, it was a rather funny sight walking into the locker room after the game. More than half the players were peering intently at the final box score, which showed the Wolves had hit a season-high 14 three-pointers and had defended the heck out of the hapless Pistons.
“It’s always fun when you win like this,” Andrei Kirilenko said.
Here are some stats and thoughts on what happened in the Palace Tuesday:
--The Wolves’ seven third-quarter three-pointers was one off the team club record of eight that came in the first quarter of the Wolves game at Portland March 3, 2012.
--Seven players hit at least one three-pointer.
--Jerry did a nice story this week on Luke Ridnour, the Wolves’ iron man. On a night when everybody was playing well, he stood out. Ridnour hit on six of seven shots – hitting two of three three-pointers – and had three assists and three steals in 25½ minutes of play.
--None of the Wolves starters played more than Ricky Rubio’s 27:28, with none of those starters playing a minute in the fourth quarter. Maybe they’ll have some legs left for Wednesday’s game against the Lakers in Target Center.
--The Wolves’ 38 third-quarter points was a season high.
--You just have to love Barea’s toughness. The game was already well out of hand when, in the fourth quarter, he put up an airball. Now, the Palace was so devoid of fans and fan noise that catcalls could be heard everywhere. So what few fans are there start an air-ball chant. And what does Barea do? He takes – and hits – two straight three-pointers, quieting the chant. Barea scored 21, with 14 coming in the fourth quarter on 5-for-7 shooting.
That’s about it for tonight. Jerry will be covering tomorrow’s game.