By Mark Remme
The Timberwolves had memorable individual games throughout the season stretching from their overtime win against Orlando in the season-opener (Kevin Love’s 3-pointer to force OT) all the way to an upset win over Houston in April (Corey Brewer’s 51). So I tried to navigate these big-time games by Wolves players (not surprisingly, K-Love had A LOT to choose from), and hopefully this list suffices your appetite for reviewing the 2013-14 season. I looked at a few different pieces of criteria: One, the players’ numbers across the board. Two, how memorable/impactful the game was. And three, the historical significance of the feat. Without further ado, enjoy looking back at some of these Don’t Blink moments.
Number One Moment
This one is far and away the top individual performance of the 2013-14 season. Brewer had never scored more than 29 points in his seven-year NBA career, and his previous season-high was 27. In this particular game, the Wolves were playing without top scorers Kevin Love, Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic, and the scenario pitted the Wolves—who were eliminated from the playoffs—against a Rockets team hoping to slide into the No. 3 spot in the West. So with all those facts in mind, here we have Corey Brewer absolutely taking over out of nowhere. You knew it was a special night when he had 26 at halftime and hit a 50-foot shot just before the break. He finished the game with 51 points—tying Kevin Love’s franchise record, and cracking 51 in regulation for the first time in team history—while shooting 19-of-30 from the field. He also became just the fourth player in NBA history to score 50 points and register six steals in a game. The other three are Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson and Rick Barry.
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