22 Nov

Timberwolves beat Pistons to spoil Griffin return

first_img“We’ve just got to ask the question: Do we want to win — are we going to come out and play hard, or going to get spanked like this every night?” Rose said. “We need everybody to be on the same page. We need everybody to move in a collective group. We’ve got to figure it out.”Karl-Anthony Towns scored 25 points for Minnesota, which snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Pistons.After a 100-98 overtime loss to Denver on Sunday, Minnesota was sharp at the start of this game. The Timberwolves led 41-26 after one, and the Pistons never cut too far into the deficit until the fourth. A 3-pointer by Detroit’s Tony Snell made it 109-104, but Towns drew a double team at the other end and passed to an open Wiggins, whose 3-pointer restored the lead to eight.“Every good thing that happens to Andrew, Andrew deserves, because Andrew does work hard,” Saunders said. “He had a different mindset this summer. We had a conversation, so all the credit goes to him for buying in and really delivering for us.”Minnesota led by 19 in the third before the Pistons ran off eight points in a row. Towns ended that quarter with a driving dunk that put the Timberwolves ahead 92-81.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? 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(AP Photo/Jim Mone)DETROIT — The Minnesota Timberwolves shot an abysmal 6 of 45 from 3-point range in a loss to Denver over the weekend.That evened out in a hurry against Detroit.ADVERTISEMENT Kemba Walker gets hot late as Celtics beat fend off Mavs Andrew Wiggins scored 33 points, and Minnesota spoiled Blake Griffin’s return Monday night, beating the Pistons 120-114. The Timberwolves shot 8 of 10 from beyond the arc in the first quarter to take a 15-point lead, and they held Detroit at bay after that.“We talked this morning — how we made sure there weren’t any lids on the basket,” Minnesota coach Ryan Saunders said. “They deserve a win like this on a back-to-back.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceGriffin played for the first time this season, coming back from hamstring and knee issues. Derrick Rose also returned to the Detroit lineup from a strained hamstring, but both he and Griffin played limited minutes.Griffin scored 19 points but Rose added just six. Rice industry paralysis View commentscenter_img Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Minnesota was without point guard Jeff Teague (illness).Luke Kennard led Detroit with 25 points, and Snell scored 16. Andre Drummond had 11 points and 12 rebounds, but he went just 4 of 12 from the field.MANAGING MINUTESGriffin played 23:58 and Rose only 19:54. Coach Dwane Casey acknowledged it was hard getting them on the court for significant time together.“Believe me, it’s a trigonometry lesson,” Casey said. “I know it’s for their health and all that stuff, but it’s difficult. It’s difficult for the team and it’s difficult for their teammates to come in and get a good rhythm, but somehow, someway we have to get a rhythm if that is who we are going to be.”Griffin said the chemistry between him and Rose — a new acquisition this season — should be OK.“He’s a great player. Players like that are easy to play with,” Griffin said. “Some nights it might be his night. Some nights it might be mine. Some nights it might be neither, but we’ll be able to affect the game whether we’re scoring the basketball or not.”SHARP SHOOTINGEach team had a reserve shooting well. Minnesota’s Jake Layman made four 3-pointers and scored 16 points. Detroit’s Langston Galloway made four 3s of his own and finished with 18 points.“I feel like I have been getting great shots every game,” Layman said. “Some games they haven’t been falling, but it’s all great looks all around our offense. 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