Star of the Game
This victory was significant for several reasons. For starters, this was the first time since 2004 that the Timberwolves have one six straight games. The last time they did that, they went all the way to the Western Conference Finals. This also marks Coach Finch’s 54th victory as a coach, making him the second head coach in Timberwolves history to have a 50-50 record (behind Flip Saunders). Finally, the true star tonight has to be Malik Beasley. Beasley set a Timberwolves single game record with 11 three pointers, leading the team in scoring and shooting 52.8% over the last six games.
While the rest of the team played pretty well, Minnesota’s big three seemed to be taking a night off. They were all on the court, but together they combined for 39 points. There were some bright spots: Anthony Edwards returned from injury with 16 points, D’Angelo Russell had 12 assists, and Karl-Anthony Towns had 11 rebounds. Thankfully, the bench showed up ready, or else this game could have easily gone the other way.
Number of the Night
Minnesota had multiple bench players who made a big difference. Jaylen Nowell had six rebounds and seven assists, Taurean Prince had 17 points and two steals, and Jaden McDaniels had 12 points with six rebounds. It is good to know, as we approach the postseason, that the starters can rest for a few minutes while the bench holds down the game.
The Timberwolves will take on the Magic, March 11 at 6:00 CST.