By Mark Remme
The Timberwolves had some pretty memorable victories during the 2013-14 season, some of which will be remembered well into the future. We watched the Wolves beat each of the top two playoff seeds in the East and West this year, including one in an epic road double-overtime, and we also looked on as one of the team’s longest losing streaks in franchise history came to an end. There were momentum-shifting victories, and there were clutch and historic individual efforts along the way. Here’s my take on the top 5 (and honorable mention) victories for the Wolves this season.
April 11, 2014: Wolves 112, Rockets 110
If you would have told me what would happen in this game before tipoff, I most definitely would not have believed you. Think about this scenario: The Rockets are in the midst of a playoff positioning battle that could land them home court advantage as the third or fourth seed, or they could slip out of home court and into fifth. The Wolves were eliminated from the playoffs and playing without starters Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Martin, yet Corey Brewer would tie a franchise record with 51 points and rookie Gorgui Dieng would hit the game-winner in the paint. Yeah right. But that’s exactly what happened. Brewer was absolutely sensational. He finished 19-of-30 with 51—tying Kevin Love’s team record but becoming the first Wolves player to score 50 in regulation. Dieng recorded 20 rebounds for the second time against the Rockets in a three-week span, and he found himself with the ball in the paint and buries a running jumper with four seconds left. The crowd was incredible at Target Center—the loudest we’d heard all season long. Everyone was into it as Corey hit free throws to record points 50 and 51. And when Gorgui hit that last shot, the place went crazy. Such a fun, memorable night in a Wolves win.
Nov. 10, 2013: Wolves 113, Lakers 90
This one was a thrill in so many ways. Not only did the Wolves beat the Lakers for the first time in 22 meetings dating back to March 6, 2007, but they did it on the road at Staples Center in front of Jack Nicholson and the rest of the Hollywood crew. And they did it in dominant fashion. Minnesota opened up the game with 47 first-quarter points and never looked back. Kevin Love and Corey Brewer did their very best Randall Cunningham-to-Randy Moss impersonation with their continuous outlet pass connection, and this particular game early on in the season really set the tone for things to come in that department throughout the year.
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