Didn’t that look familiar? For the second time this season at Target Center, the Wolves built a 17-point lead over Portland only to lose the game.
Saturday that 17-point lead came early in the third quarter. After that the Wolves were out-scored 63-40. Once again the Wolves are on a home losing streak. The team started the season 0-6 at home before winning two. Now they’ve lost two straight and look to be pressing again.
Here are some final thoughts on the game:
--Kevin Garnett needed five points to become the 15th player in league history to reach 26,000 for their career. He got exactly five, the final two coming on a 20-foot jumper early in the third quarter that gave the Wolves that 17-point lead.
--it was quite a waste of a very good night by Karl-Anthony Towns, who scored 27 points with 12 rebounds. He hit a three-pointer that pulled Minnesota within two late in the game. The Wolves got a stop at the other end, then Towns got another open three-pointer but missed. Seconds later Damian Lillard drove for a game-sealing score at the other end.
--The Blazers did something to slow Andrew Wiggins down. He had 15 points in the first half, but just two on 1-for-9 shooting the rest of the way. After the game Ricky Rubio said the team had to figure out ways to get him looks when teams are working so hard to slow him down.
--Rubio was only 1-for-5 shooting. But he scored nine points, had six rebounds and 15 assists. Still, he was a minus-8, worst among the Wolves’ five starters.
That’s about it for now. Have a good rest of your weekend.