By Kyle Ratke

The Minnesota Timberwolves didn’t let a tough loss from Wednesday against the New York Knicks linger around very long. In fact, it left their mind less than 48 hours after they defeated the Detroit Pistons 114-101 at Target Center on Friday night.

Coach Rick Adelman said before the game that when his team is most successful, it gets off to hot starts. Friday was a prime example of that. Minnesota went on a 16-4 run early, and opened with a 29-11 lead with 3:11 remaining in the first quarter.

“We came out with energy, we learned from the other night after coming out from the great road trip and just set the tone,” Wolves guard Kevin Martin said.

The Wolves went on to lead 39-21 at halftime and it was a combination of sloppy play from the Pistons, and solid offense from the Wolves. Minnesota shot 56 percent in the first quarter and had nine fast break points.

The half closed with a 66-45 Minnesota lead, with the Kevins leading the way with 14 points each. Love also seven rebounds. The Wolves shot 50 percent from the field compared to Detroit’s mark of 41 percent.  Minnesota outscored Detroit 31-24 in the third, but things got a little closer in the fourth when the Pistons outscored the Wolves 32-17, but the Wolves still had a 13-point cushion.

Highlight of the Night 

With 3:40 left in the first quarter, Corey Brewer ball faked two Piston defenders while throwing down a two-handed slam. It was Brewer’s fourth point of the evening and put the Wolves up 27-11. Brewer finished with eight points and four assists.

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