Washington could not complete a third consecutive come back as they lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves 119-104. Down by as much as 21 points, the Wizard’s tired legs showed themselves in a big way.
Washington is currently in the midst of a four game in five night stretch and it showed. Whether it was tired legs or mental fatigue, they were dominated on both ends of the floor. Getting out rebounded, assisted, and blocked. Ricky Rubio was a driving force for Minnesota from the jump, finished with 10 assists in the first quarter and 19 overall on the night (which is the most assist in a single game in team history). He also added 22 points in the winning effort. Karl-Anthony Towns was the star of the night on both ends of the court. Finishing with 39 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 block, the second year star was all over the floor with his energy and skill.
JohnWall was the high man for Washington with 27 points but only finished with five assist with four turnovers. Bradley Beal finished with 20 points while Markieff Morris and Otto Porter Jr. both finished with 11 points. Fatigue was noticeable for Washington as the shot 7-for-26 from the three point line (26.9 percent), while finishing with a equal assist/TO ratio (15 assist and 15 TO’s).
Washington will enjoy two days of rest before heading back home to face the Dallas Mavericks. Minnesota’s next game will be against the second seeded Boston Celtics in the Garden.