The Minnesota Timberwolves and Portland Trail Blazers were tied 86-86 with 6:17 left in the game but then the Trail Blazers went on a 16-4 run over the next five minutes as they went on to defeat the Wolves 108-99.
1. Another fourth quarter collapse tops off the negatives for the Wolves. The Wolves had a chance to win this game but as the Blazers went on their late game run, the Wolves went 1-6 from the field and Andrew Wiggins turned the ball over three times and the team gave it up four times.
2. Speaking of Wiggins, he scored 21 points on 7-20 shooting, 2-5 from three and 5-5 from the line, but his three turnovers late, and several missed shots during the Blazers big run cost the Wolves dearly. Of the missed shots, two were blocked at the rim. For a player as athletic as Wiggins, he has to find a way to finish in those situations. The cherry on top for Wiggins was that he fouled out.
3. The Wolves' shooting was horrid in this game as they shot 38-85 from the field, for 44.7 percent, and shot 20 percent from the line, or 4-20, with three of those four makes coming in the fourth quarter, all when the game was basically out of reach.
1. Karl-Anthony Towns was phenomenal as the focal point of the offense, but wasn't given shots when it mattered. Towns would go for 34 and 17, shooting 11-19 from the field, 1-3 from three and 11-12 from the line. He also turned the ball over only one time, and had two steals and three blocks.
2. The Wolves' defense was good in this game until the fourth. The Wolves held the Blazers on the day to 36-92 shooting or 39.1 percent. From three they were worse as they shot 30 percent from three or 9-30. The biggest player they kept from dominating from beyond the arc was Damian Lillard who went 4-12, but they allowed him to hit one in a big moment, and they allowed him to reach the line 16 times hitting 13 of his attempts, en route to 35 points.
3. The Wolves also won the paint as they grabbed 49 rebounds compared to the Blazers 48, and scored 46 points in the paint to the Blazers 38.
The Wolves had some positives and they had a chance to win this tough road game, but they couldn't over come poor performances when it mattered, and too many turnovers and fouls, not to mention missed shots in their loss. The Wolves are back on the court again on Friday night as they face the Utah Jazz at 9:30 in Salt Lake City.