This time, there was no need for debating Kevin Love’s fourth quarter minutes. Not with Michael Beasley knocking down shots left and right, inside the paint and beyond the perimeter en route to a 42-point night as Minnesota notched a 98-89 win.
After a one-point loss in the season opener to Sacramento cost Minnesota any real chance of having a winning first month of the season, fans questioned why the Wolves supposed best player, Kevin Love, was not on the court with the game on the line. After Wednesday night’s performance, Beasley snatched that title away from Love before the shine had even worn off.
Beasley hit 17 of his 31 shots from the field, scoring 27 points in the first half alone to give the Wolves a six-point halftime edge. Sacramento pulled within two heading into the fourth quarter, but Minnesota was able to take control of the game there, closing out their first road win of the season. While Sacramento is far from an elite opponent, the strong effort coming on the heels of a tightly played game against the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers the night before has to have the club feeling positive as they head home to take on the New York Knicks to start one of the easiest portions of their schedule of the season.
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