Michael Beasley Scores Career-High 42 Points in Timberwolves Win
Minnesota Timberwolves fans finally have a reason to be happy. Tonight, against the Sacramento Kings, Timberwolves forward, Michael Beasley, went off for a career-high 42 points on 17-31 shooting.
Minnesota, coming off a narrow-defeat against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night, had an amazing showing on the road against the now 3-4 Kings.
The Timberwolves snapped a near year-long losing streak on the road, which many didn't expect to be broken, especially playing in back-to-back games.
From the very get-go, Minnesota looked strong. Michael Beasley started off his tremendous performance with 18 first quarter points.
Kevin Love, who was shut out in the first three quarters, finished with eight points and nine rebounds in an extremely rare non-double-double.
Love, despite only having one foul in the entire game, played the least amount of minutes for the Wolves' starters with only 28.
It puzzles me as to why Kevin has received limited minutes this season. Perhaps fatigue has become an issue for the three-year pro.
Sebastian Telfair, the only healthy point guard for Minnesota, played 40 minutes, scoring 16 points on 8-14 shooting.
It's a wonder as to what will come of Telfair when both Jonny Flynn and Luke Ridnour come back from their respective injuries.
Chipping in 12 points and seven rebounds was rookie Wesley Johnson. It looks as though Johnson has locked down the starting shooting guard spot for the time being.
I, personally, believe the Timberwolves are best served with Wayne Ellington on the bench with Wesley starting.
Darko Milicic had a solid showing last night with nine points, eight rebounds, and a team-high four assists.
It's almost sickening to know that Minnesota's starting center is the one dishing out the assists. Sebastian Telfair has never really been a pass-first type of player, though.
Minnesota's bench was cold all night, scoring only 11 points on 4-13 shooting.
Corey Brewer was excellent on the defensive side of the ball, but couldn't knock down his shots when he attempted them. Nonetheless, his two steals were very much appreciated.
The Timberwolves' defense looked great tonight, as they held last year's Rookie of the Year, Tyreke Evans, to only five points.
The Kings' leading scorer was Omri Casspi, who hit 7-14 shots, including three buckets from beyond the line, for 17 points.
Minnesota and Michael Beasley both looked great tonight, which excites me since it's not too often I get to witness a Timberwolves victory.
Beasley's 42 points leads me to believe that he is working towards becoming the type of player that many thought he would be when the Miami Heat took him with the second pick in the 2008 draft, behind Derrick Rose.
He even showed a sense of charisma and humor during his post-game interview.
Although Kevin Love is currently the star for Minnesota, Michael Beasley is making his case to become the face of the franchise.
As always, that's a great problem to have.
As long as Beasley continues to drive to the basket, the Wolves will have many more games like they did tonight.
Minnesota comes home for a showdown against the New York Knicks on Friday night at 8 p.m. EST.
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