The Timberwolves played perhaps one of their best games of the season last night in a must win game 3. A grand total of 7 Wolves played a significant amount of minutes in what turned out to be a fantastic overall display of basketball. The final score ended as, Minnesota 121 – Houston 105.
Andrew Wiggins truly has been our best player in this series. Part of that is because Butler and Towns struggled in the first two games, but Wiggins has played outstanding nonetheless. Tonight he shot 7 of 11 from the field, 4 of 6 from downtown, he recorded 5 assists and 5 rebounds in what was another impressive all-around performance. Defensively, Wiggins once again showed his capabilities when fully concentrated. There were a number of times in this game where he came up big on the defensive end.
In order to secure a win against Houston, we needed significant contributions from Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler. Thankfully, they both had great nights. Towns finished with 18 points and 16 rebounds. Meanwhile, Jimmy Butler, even with a recovering knee, a injured hand, and an injured ankle after he rolled it midway through the contest, provided the Wolves with 28 points, shooting 10-19 from the field.
It wouldn’t be right to write a recap without mentioning the performance given by Jeff Teague. He wound up with 23 points and 8 assists, hitting some major shots throughout the game to maintain the Wolves lead.
In order to beat the Rockets, you have to have contributions from everyone who touches the floor. Derrick Rose and Jamal Crawford, while typically an eye sore, played a big part in the win. Rose specifically, ended with 17 points and provided a scoring spark off the bench which the Wolves lack if Jamal Crawford isn’t hot. Crawford hit a big three pointer in the corner to keep the Wolves offense moving when the starters were resting.
For game 4 on Monday night, we are going to need the same type of performances from everyone in order to even up the series going back to Houston. There was no doubt the Minnesota crowd played a big factor in the game by being electric throughout the game. The Timberwolves will need the same support in game 4. All in all, a great night of basketball in the state of Minnesota.
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