In a wild, 48-minute thriller, the Minnesota T-Wolves finally escaped with a win in a close game, and they managed to do it on the road against a quality opponent. Kevin Martin knocked down a 20-footer with 8 seconds to remaining that would give Minnesota the 121-120 win, and it was only after a fascinating, back-and-forth stretch run that Minnesota grabbed the victory.
It was a monster night for the aforementioned Martin, as the final bucket gave him a team-high 26 points on 10-for-17 shooting, as he continues his consistent offensive play. He was flanked by Minnesota’s all-World power forward, Kevin Love, who matched Martin’s point production with 26, while adding 14 rebounds and 8 assists in 37 minutes. With two performances like those, it is almost hard to believe that it wasn’t just a two-man show for the Wolves, but it certainly wasn’t.
Nikola Pekovic had an explosive 22-point, 14-rebound showing up front for Minnesota, and much-maligned point guard Ricky Rubio had a big night of his own. Rubio connected on a crucial bucket down the stretch, and in addition to that, the Spanish wonder added 12 assists and 4 steals in 33 minutes of action. His defensive impact was marked on the Golden State backcourt, but Rubio’s creation helped to facilitate a win.
For the Warriors, this is a brutal defeat. They played some fantastic basketball on the offensive end, shooting 55% from the field and 41% from 3-point distance in route to 120 points, but they simply couldn’t get a much-needed stop down the stretch. Steph Curry had the best singular stat line of the night with 33 points and 15 assists (!!), but not even the Warriors could outscore the juggernaut that Minnesota put forth in this one.