Timberwolves Fall In Boston

Timberwolves Fall In Boston”

The fourth belonged to the Celtics, who pulled away early in the final period and held off the Timberwolves 91-84 on Friday night.

"Tonight was one of those games where every last one of us from the starters to the guys coming in off the bench were ready", Smart said.

Dinwiddie scored 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting for the Nets, who shot a season-worst 33 percent (30-of-91) and missed 25 of 31 3-point attempts.

"We played pretty good defense tonight".

"We understand that there's some great players in this league who make some unbelievable plays", Irving said about the team's defensive work, "but we understand that if we stay disciplined we put ourselves in a great position". "Create our offense by creating defense".

But Brooklyn continued to make just enough plays to play from ahead as the half ended with the Nets on top 41-39. "We fought very hard offensively". "When I get in the game I just try to create a lot of chaos and get us to running the floor".

In his past two games, Smart is shooting 51.9 percent from the field and averaging 16.5 points, continuing an upward trend from late December.

"They are a good team", Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau said.

The Boston Celtics really showed the rest of the National Basketball Association how bad they can get on the court during that brutal stretch in December. We didn't do that.

The Timberwolves faded early in the fourth quarter after leading by as many as seven in what had been a tight game.

But it was a hard-fought contest that included 15 lead changes, and the Celtics finally turned the tide late in the the third quarter.

Irving's finger-roll layup with 1.6 seconds left in the third pushed the Celtics' advantage to 66-62 and they wouldn't surrender the lead in the final quarter.

With Horford on the sideline having his sore left knee massaged, Aron Baynes gave the Celtics a little traction with back-to-back hoops, also triggering an 11-3 run by the Celtics for a 77-68 lead when Rozier capped a three-shot possession with a 3-pointer.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens was pleased to see his team hang on despite their offensive struggles.

Tatum scored half of his 14 points in the fourth quarter to help Boston win its sixth straight and beat the Nets for the eighth consecutive meeting. Like I said, it's a long season, it's going to happen sometimes. Marcus Smart picked up three steals himself as Boston forced 13 - yes, 13 - first-half turnovers for Brooklyn. We need him to continue to do so.

"My favourite team is Real Madrid but in England it's actually Arsenal".

Timberwolves: Hadn't lost back-to-back games since November 19 against Detroit and the following night at Charlotte.

Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 25 points and a career-high 23 rebounds.

Celtics: Aren't home again until January 16, a stretch that includes a game in London against Philadelphia on January 11.

New Orleans at Minnesota, 4 p.m.

The Celtics are back to winning games, and this is the most important thing.

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