Minnesota is in the game for the playoffs. Overcome a pothole of five losses in six games, last night they added their fourth consecutive victory defeating Houston 123-141 with 40 points from an intractable Karl-Anthony Towns, which places them in eighth place in the Western Conference with 20-20.
The Wolves center posted his best score of the season with 15 of 25 in shooting from the field and also adding nine rebounds and seven assists; and all this in just 33 minutes … The reality is that there was hardly any game. At halftime those from Minneapolis dominated 75-54.
“I just came in feeling very aggressive. I wanted to be aggressive tonight… I’ve been trying to find a rhythm after getting over COVID, so I just wanted to be aggressive. I felt like it was going to be a good night. I just tried to use that energy to my advantage », explains the center.
Towns was great, but there were also other players who shone with their own light, especially a Jarred Vanderbilt who went up to 21 points and 19 rebounds (personal best marks). Nor did Anthony Edwards miss the appointment with 19 points and D’Angelo Russell with 22. The point guard highlighted the good offensive level of the team.
“I think we trust each other a little more. When we trust each other, I feel like we can keep up with each other throughout the game without even having to really work for it. We have guys on our team that force teams to really focus on them when it’s their turn to defend, ”he says.
Without going to appreciate the fact of having won only one of the last eleven games, Stephen Silas focused on what he understands was a lack of intensity on the part of his players. “It was not a great effort, especially coming back in the transition. It was something that was related to our attack: shot selection, turnovers, penetrating and hitting or not hitting the layup … The guys didn’t support each other. Effort was lacking and cohesion was not seen in the team either. When you look at the scoreboard and see that they have put 30 in each quarter, that is certainly disappointing, “says the head coach of the Rockets.
Regarding individual performances, Houston’s leading scorer was Christian Wood with 22 points to which he added eight rebounds, while rookie Josh Christopher went up to 19 from the bench.
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