Detroit 85, Minnesota 93

Date - Wednesday, January 18, 2012 8:00 PM
Location - Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Officials - #42 Eric Lewis, #38 Michael Smith, #58 Josh Tiven
Attendance - 15598

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Detroit 20 22 29 14 85
Minnesota 17 19 28 29 93

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Detroit 0-0 0-0 0-0 L3
Minnesota 0-0 0-0 0-0 W2


Kevin Love collected 20 points and 17 rebounds and rookie Ricky Rubio added nine points, eight assists, seven rebounds and six steals as the Minnesota Timberwolves used a strong fourth quarter to overtake the visiting Detroit Pistons in a 93-85 victory on Wednesday.

Wesley Johnson, Anthony Tolliver and Nikola Pekovic added 11 points apiece for the Timberwolves, who outscored the Pistons 29-14 in the fourth quarter.

Minnesota built plenty of early leads last season only to have them disappear when the fourth quarter rolled around. This season, under new coach Rick Adelman, has been a different story.

The Timberwolves shot just 29 percent (13 of 45) from the floor in the first half but came out strong after the break, trading baskets with the Pistons in the third as the offense rounded into form.

In the fourth quarter, Minnesota brought the offense and defense at the same time, using a 10-2 run at the start of the period to take a lead. Love’s jumper with 5:58 left gave the Timberwolves the edge for good, 81-79.

Rubio, who went scoreless in the first half, did his damage on defense down the stretch, grabbing two steals and taking a charge in the final minutes to keep Minnesota clear.

Tayshaun Prince scored 29 points to lead Detroit.

Top Game Performances

Detroit   Minnesota
Tayshaun Prince 29 Scoring Kevin Love 20
Brandon Knight 6 Assists Ricky Rubio 8
Greg Monroe 12 Rebounds Kevin Love 17
Ben Gordon 3 Free Throws Made Ricky Rubio 7
Ben Wallace 3 Steals Ricky Rubio 6
Jonas Jerebko 2 Blocks Nikola Pekovic 1

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Detroit 85 44.3 5-11 10-21 15 41 5 10 19
Minnesota 93 40.0 8-23 25-34 14 44 4 11 15

Upcoming Games

  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against L.A. Clippers. The Timberwolves have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
  • Detroit will play their next game at home against Memphis. The Pistons have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
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