Jerry Zgoda missed the entire Kevin Garnett era, but he's back covering the Timberwolves after working the beat for their first four seasons two decades ago. In between, he covered a bit of everything: Gopher men's and women's basketball and NCAA athletics, golf, outdoor recreation, sports media and a little Vikings and Twins.

Wolves lose another lead, and game 87-84 to Houston

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves postgame, Wolves news Updated: December 27, 2012 - 12:48 AM

Have you seen this before?

Yes, seven times now.

That's how many times the Wolves have held a double-digit lead this season, and still lost the game.

No. 7 came Wednesday night, when they had a 14-point advantage in the third quarter and still came undone in a fourth quarter when James Harden scored 17 of his 30 points.

Here's the game story from tonight focusing on Harden's night juxtaposed against Kevin Love's lousy shooting night.

And here's Pat Reusse column on Kevin McHale's return to Target Center with a remade Houston team that now has won five consecutive and seven of its last eight.

And here's a bunch of scattershot stuff from this evening:

* Love missed his final seven shots, made just 3 of 14 field-goal attempts for the night and didn't score in the game's final 40 minutes -- that's right, not since he scored with 3:54 left in the first quarter -- on a night when Harden was unstoppable in the fourth after being relatively quiet for three quarters.

Included for Love: Two missed open threes in the final three minutes, including one with 47 seconds left that would have put the Wolves up by four. Or "the dagger," as Andrei Kirilenko suggested it would have been afterward.

* Love's troubles were magnified because Nikola Pekovic struggled with his illness beside him.

Big Pek left the game in the second quarter, returned near the end of the third and played just 23 minutes, makign one of seven shots and scoring two points with seven rebounds along the way.

* The Wolves sold nearly 1,000 standing-room only seats before the game and the announced crowd of 20,340 was the third-largest in Target Center history. It also was the second sellout of the season.

* The Rockets had scored 120 points in each of their last three games and might have needed almost another half to get there on Wednesday, but it didn't matter. They won anyway, winning a game they probably had little business winning.

* The Wolves continue their auditions to replace injured/waived Josh Howard, but don't be surprised if they don't sign anyone until NBA teams can start signing players to 10-day contracts on Jan. 7.

They had former Spurs forward and former Toronto/Denver/Cleveland swingman Joey Graham in Wednesday for workouts. They've also looked at former Wolves forward Lazar Hayward, but the guy they just might end up targeting is European small forward Mickael Gelabale, a versatile defender who played for France in the London Olympics and has an NBA -opt out with his Spanish team through Jan. 30.

That's all I've got from Target Center.

There should be video up on our main Wolves page here by more with locker-room interviews with Rick Adelman, Love, JJ Barea and Andrei Kirilenko there.

The Wolves practice Thursday and Friday, but don't play again until Saturday against Phoenix at home.



Houston 1 FINAL
Miami 1
Philadelphia 1 FINAL
Minnesota 7
St. Louis 3 FINAL
Detroit 4
Baltimore - WP: T. Wilson 10 FINAL
NY Yankees - LP: S. Baker 2
Boston 9 FINAL
Tampa Bay 6
Toronto 3 FINAL
Pittsburgh 8
Atlanta 5 FINAL
Toronto 3
Washington 2 FINAL
NY Mets 10
Chicago Cubs 5 FINAL
Cincinnati 9
San Diego 3 FINAL
Texas 2
San Francisco 9 FINAL
Seattle 8
Colorado 4 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 18
Cleveland 3 FINAL
Milwaukee 2
Oakland 10 FINAL
Chicago WSox 4
Los Angeles 5 FINAL
LA Angels 4
Kansas City 10 FINAL
Arizona 5
Atlanta 100 FINAL
Charlotte 115
New York 80 FINAL
Chicago 111
Golden State 108 FINAL
Milwaukee 95
Oklahoma City 89 FINAL
Utah 94
Denver 114 FINAL
Portland 120
Nashville 4 FINAL
Washington 3
Arizona 2 FINAL
Pittsburgh 3
San Jose 3 FINAL(SO)
Philadelphia 2
Anaheim 3 FINAL
NY Islanders 2
NY Rangers 2 FINAL
Boston 4
Tampa Bay 0 FINAL
Detroit 4
New Jersey 1 FINAL
Carolina 3
Florida 2 FINAL(OT)
Montreal 3
Ottawa 3 FINAL(OT)
Toronto 4
Los Angeles 1 FINAL
Minnesota 4
Columbus 4 FINAL
St. Louis 2
Buffalo 3 FINAL
Colorado 5
Dallas 4 FINAL(OT)
Vancouver 3
Arizona 78 FINAL
Wisconsin 85
Canisius 73 FINAL
Notre Dame 66 FINAL
Kentucky 68
San Jose 1 FINAL
New England 2
Orlando City 2 FINAL
Montreal 2
Los Angeles 0 FINAL
D.C. 1
Sporting Kansas City 1 FINAL
New York City 0
Red Bull New York 2 FINAL
Columbus 1
Portland 1 FINAL
Vancouver FC 2
Colorado 0 FINAL
Houston 0
Seattle 0 FINAL
FC Dallas 0
Texas 54 FINAL
(1) Connecticut 105
Dayton 82 FINAL
(8) Louisville 66
(16) Duke 55 FINAL
(4) Maryland 65
Gonzaga 69 FINAL
(6) Tennessee 73
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