By ending a two-game losing streak the Wolves improved to 14-13 tonight. And while that might not seem particularly stunning, consider this: It is their best start after 27 games since 2005-06.
The Wolves finished this month 7-5, their first winning record in December since going 8-6 in 2004.
Before tonight’s game coach Rick Adelman was talking about how good his team has been in the face of multiple injuries and a revolving, changing lineup. Well, the Wolves did it again Saturday. Ricky Rubio started suffering back spasms in practice Friday. He was still sore Saturday and, after trying to warm up before the game, became a late scratch.
But, playing with a three-guard rotation, the Wolves figured out a way to win. Luke Ridnour struggled with his shot, but made a big baseline jumper in the fourth quarter. Alexey Shved finished with 12 points and 10 assists and J.J. Barea scored 10 points. The three guards combined for 26 points, 19 assists and six turnovers.
Here are some other observations from this evening:
--Sid Hartman makes a better door than window. Sir Sid stood up for the final moments of the game, making it rather difficult for the scribes sitting behind him to see the action.
--Boy did Nikola Pekovic rebound from an illness-induced, two-point performance against Houston. Pek was unstoppable for the Wolves tonight, especially late. He has been the Wolves’ leading scorer in five of the last nine games.
--Shved continues to grow. He had 10 points and five assists in the second half.
--The Wolves front court of Pekovic, Kevin Love and Andrei Kirilenko combined for 71 points and 34 rebounds.
That’s about it for tonight. Have a great weekend.