September 15, 2019

Washington Wizards Game 58 Review: Wiz go quietly into the night

The Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Washington Wizards, 97-77, Wednesday night at the Target Center in Minneapolis. Nikola Pekovic scored 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, while Kevin Martin led the Wolves with 28 points.

The game was overshadowed by the return of Kevin Garnett to the team where he became a superstar over seven years, before he was traded to the Boston Celtics.

This was the biggest blowout victory of the season for Minnesota, and holding the Wizards to 77 points was the Wolves’ defensive season-low in points.

The Wizards were up, 20-11, at the quarter break after quickly jumping out to an 18-3 lead. The Wolves tied the game at 42 at halftime by outscoring the Wizards, 31-22, in the second quarter.

The Wolves took their first lead on their first possession of the second half when Garnett fed Andrew Wiggins for a dunk. Minnesota cruised thereafter, opening up a 14-point lead at the end of the third quarter.

Marcin Gortat scored nine points and pulled down 15 rebounds in a losing effort for the Wizards.

The Wizards have lost their fifth straight and 10 out of their last 12. The Wizards were playing without Bradley Beal and Paul Pierce due to injury. Kris Humphries left the game in the second quarter with a hamstring injury.

About Derek Norin

Derek Norin is a Contributor to District Sports Page. He is also the Washington Capitals correspondent for Pro Hockey News and is a contributor to Talk the Red. Derek was a copy editor for three different student publications at Ohio State and was a founder of the newspaper, the OSU Sentinel, that would become the OSU Rubicon today. Derek has been a member of SABR, SIHR, and PFRA. Derek put together www.capshistory.com, a history of the Capitals franchise told in Youtube videos. You can follow Derek on Twitter @dereknorin.

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