The Minnesota Timberwolves have been a pleasant surprise to start the NBA season and today they had a great chance to showcase all of their offensive potential against a young team that appeared to be a great matchup on both ends of the court.
Against the New Orleans Pelicans — a team that featured the internal presence of Anthony Davis in the defensive end — the Timberwolves were firing on all cylinders. Most players contributed one way or another as Minnesota dominated from start to finish on their way to a 124-112 win.
While some Timberwolves had some great games on the offensive end — like Ricky Rubio who nearly ended with a triple-double or Nikola Pekovic who reached the 20-point plateau once again — it can’t be overlooked that the Pelicans also contributed with a lot of turnovers and several defensive mistakes. New Orleans ended the game with 18 turnovers and weren’t as strong as they usually are on the glass, recording only 37 rebounds during the night.
The Timberwolves took full advantage of the defensive mistakes and tied their highest point total of the season. Pekovic, Kevin Love and Kevin Martin all had 20 or more points and a total of seven players finished the contest scoring in double-digits.
Minnesota hasn’t been able to make much noise in the West this year but it’s undeniable that the franchise is on the right track. If they can replicate this kind of performance several more times throughout the regular season, they could end up grabbing a late-seed in the always packed Western Conference.