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Friday, March 7th
(All times Eastern)
Detroit Pistons (24-37) at Minnesota Timberwolves (30-30), 8 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Minnesota Timberwolves had a three-game winning
streak snapped last time out, but they'll try and get back in the win column
Friday night when they welcome the Detroit Pistons to the Target Center.
The Wolves hadn't lost since a road setback in Portland on Feb. 23, but fell
victim to the New York Knicks on Wednesday. The Knicks handed Minny a 118-106
loss in the first of a four-game homestand.
Kevin Love scored 19 points and Nikola Pekovic had 17 to lead Minnesota. Corey
Brewer added 16, followed by 12 from Kevin Martin. Ricky Rubio was the fifth
starter in double figures with 11 and Shabazz Muhammad chipped in 10 off the
The Knicks began the game on a 9-0 run, then clung to an 88-86 lead entering
the fourth quarter. New York started the final 12 minutes on a 15-2 run to
pull away, led by Carmelo Anthony's six points.
"We came out flat, and in the fourth quarter we came out flat again," said
Timberwolves guard J.J. Barea. "They did a great job. You gotta give them a
lot of credit."
The T'Wolves will welcome the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks on this
The Pistons continue to be a disaster, losing five of their last six and eight
of their last 10. Detroit has dropped seven straight on the road and will
visit Boston on Sunday to close this short trip.
Last time out, the Pistons fell at The Palace of Auburn Hills to Central
Division rival, the Chicago Bulls, 105-94.
Greg Monroe registered 27 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the
Pistons. Kyle Singler finished with 16 points, while Andre Drummond and Josh
Smith both managed 15 points.
No other Pistons player reached double figures.
The Bulls took a one-point lead into the fourth quarter, but opened a double-
digit lead after starting the final frame on an 11-2 run. Chicago led by as
many as 15 during the final quarter.
"We win the first and third quarters. We just gave up 34 points in the fourth.
It's just not winning basketball," said Pistons interim head coach John Loyer.
Despite the losing ways of Detroit, the Pistons only trail the Atlanta Hawks
by three games for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern
The Timberwolves have won seven consecutive games against the Pistons,
including a 27-point drubbing in Detroit on Dec. 10. Minnesota has taken three
straight as the host in this series.
03/07 10:38:40 ET