The Minnesota Timberwolves trailed 32-13 to the Boston Celtics on Sunday at the Target Center, but never gave up — and nearly came back — before eventually falling 85-82 to give the team its seventh-straight loss.
The Wolves actually led in the third quarter after putting together a 21-7 run, but Boston’s talent eventually took over as Paul Pierce scored 23 points and former Wolves player Kevin Garnett picked up a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds in 33 minutes.
For Minnesota, Anthony Randolph returned to earth. After averaging 27.5 points and 13.0 rebounds over the past two games, Kevin Love’s replacement scored three points, turned the ball over three times and grabbed for rebounds while missing all five of his field goal attempts.
Anthony Tolliver, the team’s other power forward (and other Anthony), was able to do a nice Love impression off the bench as he scored 16 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and added four blocks while spelling the ineffective Randolph. Michael Beasley also scored a game-high 28 points on 28 shots.
The bright side? The Wolves’ current losing streak isn’t quite as bad as the Minnesota Wild’s eight-game losing streak.
The dark side? Everything else.