Minnesota 87, Washington 82

Date - Wednesday, March 6, 2013 8:00 PM
Location - Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Officials - #19 James Capers, #26 Pat Fraher, #44 Eli Roe
Attendance - 13233

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Washington 29 14 20 19 82
Minnesota 24 24 17 22 87

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Washington 19-40 14-17 5-23 L1
Minnesota 21-37 14-15 7-22 W1

Recap

Timberwolves 87, Wizards 82: Ricky Rubio collected 15 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds and six steals and came up with a key steal and assist in the final minute to help host Minnesota snap a six-game losing streak. 

Derrick Williams added 16 points and eight rebounds and Luke Ridnour scored 15 for the Timberwolves, who improved to 1-13 when scoring fewer than 90 points. 

John Wall scored 19 points and dished out seven assists and Emeka Okafor had 10 points and 14 rebounds for Washington, which was outscored 42-22 in the paint despite a 44-34 edge on the boards. 

Minnesota led 65-63 heading to the fourth quarter before the Wizards opened the final period on a 10-0 run. J.J. Barea hit a pair of 3-pointers to aid the comeback and knocked down a basket off of Rubio's assist to give the TImberwolves the lead for good at 81-79 with 3:55 left. 

Washington had the ball down one in the final minute, but Rubio stole it from Wall and fed Barea for a layup to extend the lead to 85-82. Trevor Ariza missed a 3-pointer for the tie at the other end and Ridnour hit a pair of free throws to ice it. 

GAME NOTEBOOK: Wizards rookie SG Bradley Beal sat out with a sprained left ankle. Beal leads the team with 14.2 points per game. … Minnesota was without Andrei Kirilenko (calf) for a fourth consecutive game and Nikola Pekovic (abdominal strain) for a third straight contest. … Washington has held its opponents under 100 points in its last 10 road games, the longest streak in the NBA this season.

Top Game Performances

Washington   Minnesota
John Wall 19 Scoring Derrick Williams 16
John Wall 7 Assists Ricky Rubio 11
Emeka Okafor 14 Rebounds Derrick Williams 8
Nene 6 Free Throws Made Ricky Rubio 7
John Wall 3 Steals Ricky Rubio 6
Nene 1 Blocks Chris Johnson 1

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Washington 82 44.6 6-19 18-22 17 44 5 6 24
Minnesota 87 40.8 4-14 21-31 16 34 1 11 14

Upcoming Games

  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against Denver. The Timberwolves have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .378 after a loss.
  • Washington will play their next game on the road against Brooklyn . The Wizards have a W/L % of .421 after a win and .275 after a loss.