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Monday, December 16th
(All times Eastern)
Minnesota Timberwolves (12-12) at Boston Celtics (11-14), 7:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Celtics continue their homestand Monday night
when they welcome the Minnesota Timberwolves to TD Garden.
The Celtics are 1-1 on the stay at home with a loss to Doc Rivers and the Los
Angeles Clippers on Wednesday and a victory over the New York Knicks on
In the 90-86 win over New York, the Celtics shot 48 percent from the field
compared to 40 percent for the Knicks.
Jared Sullinger led the way for the C's with 19 points, followed by Courtney
Lee, who had 18 points in just 19:05 of action. Avery Bradley and Brandon Bass
both scored in double figures.
Boston trailed by five to start the fourth quarter, but prevailed to halt a
"We needed to have a lead, lose it, be backed up against the wall, and figure
out a way to win," Boston head coach Brad Stevens said.
Now the Celtics welcome Minnesota on this five-game homestand. Detroit and
Washington both head to Beantown this week. Although no one in Boston is
looking past Monday's tilt.
"I think they're really good, and I'm not going based on records or anything
like that," Stevens said. "I'm going on the way I've felt twice in the
building with them. I think they're really a good basketball team."
The Wolves got back to .500 on Sunday with a 101-93 road win over the Memphis
Grizzlies. That was Minnesota's third win in its last four attempts and halted
an 11-game losing streak at the hands of Memphis.
"I can't (remember winning in Memphis). It's been a long time, if ever, that
we've won in Memphis. It's a very tough place to play," said All-Star forward
He was the game-high scorer with 30 points, followed by 19 from Nikola
Pekovic. J.J. Barea finished with 15 off the bench and Ricky Rubio chipped in
In the third quarter against Memphis, Wolves head coach Rick Adelman pulled
guard Kevin Martin, claming he didn't look right. Martin is not listed in the
injury report and is expected to go against the Celtics.
The Wolves have the Portland Trail Blazers at home on Wednesday, then head to
Los Angeles for a pair of games with the Lakers and Clippers.
The Timberwolves bested the Celtics, 106-88, at the Target Center on Nov. 16.
Boston has owned this matchup, going 12-4 in its last 16 and winning seven
straight at home.
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