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Continued: Latest Timberwolves loss stings a bit more than most

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 23, 2013 - 11:51 PM

“It was a tough game for a lot of reasons,” Adelman said. “That’s all I have to say. I’m not going to get fined. I’m not going to say anything else.”

Love did just about everything possible for his team to win Sunday. He scored those 45 points and was involved in plays that sent reserve forward Matt Barnes and star Blake Griffin from the game.

Barnes was ejected in the third quarter after getting called for a flagrant foul type 2 when he swing his arm and stuck Love across the head on a drive to the basket. Love took the charge early in overtime that fouled Griffin out of the game and ended his 32-point, 10-rebound night.

Pekovic, too, did just about everything possible, except for make those two shots that ended the fourth quarter and he also missed a short hook shot that would have tied the score with four seconds left in overtime.

His 34 points were three more than his previous career high, set against New Orleans in December 2012.

“I mean, I scored all game,” Pekovic said. “All game was fine. Just, I don’t know, it’s more difficult to miss [some of those short shots] than to score.”

Like Love, Pekovic called the loss the most bitter of the season.

“We got some shots to win the game but we didn’t score,” he said. “I got a shot at the end of the game, I didn’t score.”

When asked if the loss is more disheartening because of the individual efforts he and Love put forth, Pekovic said, “That’s also one of the things that really hurts, when you see all this.”

Martin vowed the Wolves would return from their three-day break ready to put Sunday’s loss — what he also called the toughest of the season — behind them. He also committed a crucial turnover in overtime, wildly throwing the ball from underneath the basket in an attempt to save it out toward midcourt, where Darren Collison grabbed it and scored on a layup that tied the game at 110 with 3:12 left.

“We just played so hard for something like that to go down,” Martin said. “You know we’ll bounce back from it. We played well. We just have to play like that after the break and we’ll be fine.”

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