Kevin Garnett made his return to Minnesota a triumphant one as the Boston Celtics defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 100-79.
KG relived his glory days in Minnesota with a 24 point, 10 rebound and 4 assist masterpiece in what might be his final return to the twin cities.
Garnett, once the face of the Timberwolves, made disparaging comments about his former team in the days leading up to this game.
It’s always special to come back to true fans and sort of your foundation. As far as that franchise, I have nothing positive to say. I think Kevin Love is playing at a high level. I think he’s rejuvenated the city as far as basketball goes.
Love entered the contest averaging 37.3 points and 16.3 rebounds over his last 4 games. His play has sparked whispers of MVP consideration although he himself knows his play is not yet deserving.
Garnett, while respectful of Love’s talent, definitely wanted to put things in perspective for those in doubt of his own accomplishments in the place he first called his NBA home. Garnett bullied Love into shooting a woeful 5-18 from the floor but the 23 year old managed to salvage a line most players would dream of with 22 points and 11 rebounds.
As interesting as the KG vs. Love match-up was, the difference in the game was Celtics’ offensive efficiency. Boston shot 49% from the floor while keeping the usually depressing rebounding numbers even with Minnesota tonight at 45 each.
Rajon Rondo dished out 17 assists to go along with 6 points and 6 rebounds continuing his assault towards Steve Nash’s league leading assist average. Paul Pierce added 21 points and 9 rebounds while Avery Bradley continued to make critics eat their words with another efficient 17 points on 6-9 from the floor.
The T-Wolves trailed virtually the entire game and never got closer than 10 after the second quarter. Boston’s defense swarmed and confused Minnesota forcing 20 turnovers while giving up just 35% from the floor. Luke Ridnour, 15 points and 8 assists, was the only T-Wolves starter to shoot above 40% on the night (7-13).
Boston now sits alone on top of the Atlantic Division by one game over the 76’ers as result of this win.
Kevin Love’s hot streak probably kept the Celtics from overlooking this game which would have been easy to do with the Miami Heat coming to town on Sunday.
KG kept the C’s on task with his performance and I doubt Minnesota will ever forget their first “love”:
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Written by Warren Shaw
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