Wolves throttle Detroit from the start in 114-101 win

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 8, 2014 - 1:15 AM

They take charge in the first quarter, unlike the previous game when the Knicks blindsided them.

The Timberwolves reached last season’s total on Friday night with this season’s 31st victory, a 114-101 decision over Detroit at Target Center that delivered everything they had failed to do two nights earlier against New York.

On Wednesday, they were thumped by a Knicks team that had lost seven consecutive games and 10 of its past 11. It was a loss Wolves players on Friday still partly attributed to the lingering fatigue from a successful five-game road trip that ended Monday night in Denver.

On Friday, they did what New York had just done to them, running off to a 39-point first quarter and leads of 33-13 before quarter’s end, 55-31 midway through the second quarter and 95-64 by late in the third quarter.

But coach Rick Adelman was forced to put his starters back into the game after the Pistons made a fourth-quarter run.

“We have learned our lesson from our last game at home,” Wolves point guard Ricky Rubio said.

This time, the Wolves played with energy and urgency from the beginning, moving back over .500 by a game, and staying five games behind Dallas in pursuit of the Western Conference’s eighth playoff spot.

The Pistons have lost nine of 11 games and are 14 games below .500, but remain closer to the playoffs in the East than the Wolves are in the West.

“We sit here, 31 wins, in a tough Western Conference,” Wolves shooting guard Kevin Martin said. “But with five weeks and 21 games left, this is where you guys were sitting at last year, so I think this locker room is confident.”

Talking to media members before Friday’s game, Adelman called for Martin to be more “aggressive” seeking his shot than he was in Wednesday game, when the Wolves trailed 9-0 before they knew it.

This time, Martin took six shots, made four and scored 11 points by first quarter’s end, when the Wolves easily surpassed 30 points for a league-leading 26th time this season.

“He has been in the league nine years at this point. He should know how to get himself going and I thought he did it,” Adelman said of Martin.

Martin complemented Kevin Love’s 28-point, 14-rebound night by scoring 24 himself.

Rubio approached a triple-double with a 11-point, nine-assist, eight-rebound night.

“I was kind of lucky because they missed a couple dunks and the ball went to my hands,” Rubio said, “and I was feeling like Kevin Love out there.”

Rubio, Love and the other three starters seemingly had sat down for the night when the Wolves led by 28 points to start the fourth quarter. But Adelman had to bring them back after the Pistons opened the quarter with a 13-2 run against the Wolves’ second unit.

Adelman praised his team’s play for 42-plus minutes and said “I’m not going to take this game down” for those five minutes but also reminded that his starters and reserves alike both need to learn to play with better control when they lead big.

“Sooner or later that will cost you a game,” he said. “We have to have more discipline in what we do.”

Rubio saw only the bigger picture afterward.

“If you want to take the bad things, go ahead,” he said. “Today I think we did a really, really good job except for six, seven minutes, so we have to be very happy how we played today. Of course it wasn’t perfect, but we beat Detroit.”

  • related content

  • Photo gallery: Wolves 114, Detroit 101

    Friday March 7, 2014

    The Timberwolves on Friday did what they should have done Wednesday by running away with a game they desperately...

  • Video: From the Locker Room: Wolves beat Pistons 114-101

    Saturday March 8, 2014

    Wolves discuss

  • Wolves notes: Western teams have harder climb to playoffs

    Friday March 7, 2014

    The Detroit Pistons arrived at Target Center on Friday evening seven games below .500 after losing eight of their past...

  • RandBall: Knicks' Tyson Chandler says Love "can't play D"

    Friday March 7, 2014

    A look inside the numbers shows that Love actually has improved quite a bit on that end of the floor.

  • Wolves-Detroit game recap

    Saturday March 8, 2014

    GAME RECAPImpact playerRicky Rubio, WolvesThe point guard approached a triple-double with an understated 11-point, 9-assist, 8-rebound game.BY THE Numbers40 Number...

  • Wolves Ricky Rubio defended against Pistons Rodney Stuckey (3).

  • A head fake by the Wolves’ Kevin Love sent a Detroit Pistons defender flying out of position, clearing a path for an easy two points Friday. Love finished with 28 points and 14 rebounds.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

New England 2/1/15 5:30 PM
Seattle
Detroit 69 FINAL
Philadelphia 89
Portland 94 FINAL
Cleveland 99
Sacramento 102 FINAL
Toronto 119
Boston 98 FINAL
Minnesota 110
Dallas 94 FINAL
Houston 99
Denver 93 FINAL
New Orleans 85
Brooklyn 102 FINAL
Atlanta 113
Oklahoma City 92 FINAL
New York 100
Charlotte 86 FINAL
San Antonio 95
LA Clippers 94 FINAL
Utah 89
Washington 98 FINAL
Phoenix 106
Toronto 1 FINAL(SO)
New Jersey 2
Pittsburgh 0 FINAL
Washington 4
Chicago 3 FINAL
Los Angeles 4
Temple 86 FINAL
UCF 62
Winthrop 75 FINAL
Coastal Carolina 68
Lafayette 59 FINAL
Colgate 54
Northeastern 60 FINAL
Drexel 65
Wake Forest 76 FINAL
Florida State 82
Rhode Island 64 FINAL
Fordham 63
Delaware 82 FINAL
James Madison 88
South Carolina 58 FINAL
LSU 64
New Hampshire 63 FINAL
Maine 58
Seton Hall 80 FINAL
Marquette 70
Binghamton 68 FINAL
UMBC 56
American Univ 54 FINAL
Navy 64
Elon 65 FINAL
UNC-Wilmington 82
Wright State 76 FINAL
Oakland 84
Minnesota 58 FINAL
Penn State 63
Duquesne 55 FINAL
Richmond 86
SMU 63 FINAL
South Florida 52
Hartford 66 FINAL
Stony Brook 72
Albany 47 FINAL
Vermont 44
Hofstra 79 FINAL
William & Mary 100
UNC-Asheville 74 FINAL
Longwood 64
Radford 84 FINAL
Char Southern 77
Holy Cross 0 Postponed
Loyola-Maryland 0
Duke 73 FINAL
Notre Dame 77
Texas Tech 36 FINAL
Oklahoma 81
Oregon State 55 FINAL
Arizona State 73
Morehead State 82 FINAL
Austin Peay 69
Drake 69 FINAL
Bradley 57
Lehigh 62 FINAL
Bucknell 68
Rice 48 FINAL
Houston 59
Missouri State 57 FINAL
Illinois State 67
Loyola-Chicago 47 FINAL
Wichita State 58
Nebraska Omaha 64 FINAL
South Dakota St 86
Northern Iowa 59 FINAL
Southern Ill 52
Louisville 81 FINAL
Boston College 72
St Johns 74 FINAL
Creighton 77
East Carolina 58 FINAL
Memphis 70
Georgia Tech 70 FINAL
Miami-Florida 50
Miss State 73 FINAL
Ole Miss 79
Clemson 68 FINAL
NC State 57
Indiana 67 FINAL
Purdue 83
Kansas 64 FINAL
TCU 61
Oregon 56 FINAL
Arizona 90
Air Force 66 FINAL
San Jose St 52
Stanford 84 FINAL
Washington 74
Rider 56 FINAL
Siena 49
Dayton 76 FINAL
Richmond 62
Eastern Kentucky 53 FINAL
Jacksonville St 73
Saint Josephs 0 Postponed
Saint Louis 0
UMBC 71 FINAL
Binghamton 55
Akron 60 FINAL
Ohio U 72
Ball State 72 FINAL
Miami-Ohio 55
Memphis 56 FINAL
Cincinnati 44
East Carolina 32 FINAL
(2) Connecticut 87
Murray State 59 FINAL
Eastern Illinois 75
Kent State 63 FINAL
Central Michigan 65
UT Martin 64 FINAL
Tennessee St 58
Eastern Michigan 56 FINAL
Western Mich 83
Bucknell 61 FINAL
Lehigh 76
Indiana 57 FINAL
Michigan State 72
Colgate 56 FINAL
Lafayette 58
Fordham 66 FINAL
Davidson 45
Duquesne 76 FINAL
St Bonaventure 64
George Mason 66 FINAL
VA Commonwealth 70
Detroit 59 FINAL
Youngstown St 58
Army 0 Postponed
Boston U 0
Loyola-Maryland 0 Postponed
Holy Cross 0
SMU 58 FINAL
Tulsa 74
Oklahoma St 54 FINAL
Kansas State 52
West Virginia 57 FINAL
Texas Tech 73
Denver 56 FINAL
South Dakota 82
Northwestern St 46 FINAL
Central Arkansas 63
Austin Peay 67 FINAL
SIU-Edwardsville 87
Kansas 61 FINAL
Iowa State 56
Bowling Green 50 FINAL
Northern Ill 67
Penn State 64 FINAL
Minnesota 75
San Jose St 80 FINAL
Air Force 83
Boise State 82 FINAL
Colorado State 83
Utah State 51 FINAL
Wyoming 86
San Diego State 50 FINAL
Fresno State 57
Nevada 52 FINAL
UNLV 75

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: What chance does the Wild have of making the playoffs?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close