We’ve seen this before, though probably not in such dramatic a fashion.
Saturday at Target Center against a red-hot Houston team, the Wolves led by 12 with 2:20 left and by nine with a minute left.
And they lost.
Why? They gave Houston too many open threes at the end, and Houston started making them. At the other end turnovers doomed them.
Here are some final thoughts on the game:
--Karl-Anthony Towns had a monster game, numbers-wise. He scored 41 points. He had 15 rebounds. But, struggling with the quick double-teams the Rockets threw at him, he had six turnovers, including two crucial ones in the closing minutes of regulation. Towns and Wiggins (eight) had 14 of the Wolves’ 22 turnovers.
--The Wolves turnover total was a season high.
--After taking 61 three-pointers and making 24 of them Friday against New Orleans – both league records – the Rockets took 51 treys Saturday. It is the second-most in NBA history. That means Houston took 112 three-point attempts in consecutive games.
--Houston has now hit 15 or more three-pointers in five straight games. No other team has a streak longer than three.
--The Wolves have now lost eight games in which they led by 10 or more points.