Wiggins lifts Timberwolves past Pelicans

first_imgNew Orleans was led by Jrue Holiday, who finished with 27 points. Cousins added 17.Trailing 93-76 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, New Orleans would get as close as 98-88 on a 3-pointer by Holiday with 8:19 left, but the Timberwolves responded by scoring the next six points to push the advantage to 104-88.New Orleans (11-10) started the game hot, opening on a 10-2 run. Two free throws by Wiggins with 1:06 left in the opening quarter tied the game 26-26 and a bucket by Crawford cut the lead to 29-28 at the end of the quarter.Dieng’s 3-pointer to open the second quarter gave Minnesota the lead for good at 31-29 with 11:30 in the first half.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I actually thought I was in rhythm at the start of the game because we were coming off a tough game,” he said. “We were down a little bit physically early at times, but to this team’s credit we fought through it. When you are playing back-to-back games you are going to have people that are sore and tired. We needed this win. Where we want this team to go in the future, we can’t afford to lose two games in a row.”Jimmy Butler and Gorgui Dieng had 19 points each for the Timberwolves (13-9).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I thought our guys were ready to go tonight,” Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau said. “We brought the right mindset to come in and win the ballgame. I thought they played tough and shared the ball well. When you play for each other good things are going to happen.”The turning point of the game came midway through the second quarter. With Minnesota leading 45-43, Davis was called for a technical foul. Fifteen seconds later he picked up his second tech and was ejected for the first time in his six-year NBA career. Minnesota responded by finishing the half on a 17-6 run to take a 62-49 lead into the halftime locker room. View comments Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Curry comes through in OT, Warriors outlast Lakers “That play was a hard play to officiate,” Thibodeau said. “Because of the size of DeMarcus, Anthony and Karl-Anthony Towns. It can get pretty physical in there. You can probably call a foul on any play when those guys are matched up against each other.”Davis finished with 17 points and five rebounds.“You could feel the momentum shift (after Davis was tossed),” Wiggins said. “It helped ignite a big run that we were able to outscore them.”Davis’ teammate DeMarcus Cousins was frustrated with the call after the game.“‘It’s obvious, man,” he said. “It’s a joke. It’s a complete joke. What I don’t understand is that players are punished for playing off emotion or showing their emotion… but other people are allowed to and it’s totally fine.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana—Andrew Wiggins wouldn’t let fatigue from consecutive games be an excuse for a poor effort by his Minnesota teammates. So he did something about it.Wiggins scored 28 points to help the Timberwolves beat New Orleans 120-102 on Wednesday night in a game that saw Pelicans forward Anthony Davis ejected for the first time in his career.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READlast_img