NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves Cut Houston Rockets’ String of Winnings; Andrew Wiggins Drops 28 Markers
Minnesota Timberwolves stunned the sizzling team of the Houston Rockets as they beat the visiting ballclub with a convincing 119-105 victory at the Target Center on Wednesday night.
According to ESPN, starting small forward Andrew Wiggins poured in team-high 28 points to lead the Tom Thibodeau-headed squad to another successful battle. The 21-year-old Canadian professional basketball player went on an 11-20 shooting from the field while having 38 minutes of playing time.
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"I'm not going to joke with you," Canadian Wiggins said. "When we got to the fourth quarter with that kind of lead, you can't let it slide."
"We did a great job of just making sure we kept the lead and stayed disciplined, and did what we needed to do."
The Wolves entered the final period of the game with a 14-point lead on their hands and managed to further stretch the gap as they established a comfortable 21-point advantage with 8:52 remaining in the game clock after Shabazz Muhammad, who scored 20 points coming off the bench, hit a 20-footer jump shot that put the score to 99-78.
The Rockets (31-10) put on a 17-11 run with less than five minutes to play in the fourth quarter but the host team, which played without their third-leading scorer Zach LaVine due to a left hip contusion, was able to protect their lead till the last second of the contest.
Basing from a published report of the Yahoo Sports, sophomore big man Karl-Anthony Towns tallied 23 markers and 18 boards to register his ninth straight double-double and Spanish guard Ricky Rubio finished the game with 10 points and matched his career high of 17 assists in the Timberwolves' second consecutive triumph.
James Harden paced the losing side with 33 points, six rebounds, and 12 assists, while Ryan Anderson had 18 points for Houston, which had its league-best winning streak snapped.
The Timberwolves (13-26) will next face Russell Westbrooks' Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday.