Friday night brought about change for the Minnesota Timberwolves. They unveiled new black alternate jerseys and, surprisingly, Kevin Love and Michael Beasley were not the only reasons the Wolves won.
The Pistons were in town and the Wolves decided to play a different type of game. Having given up double digit leads in three out of their last four games to the Thunder, Knicks and Spurs, the Wolves played a consistent game and closed out the deal with a 109-99 victory.
If Kevin Love isn't an All-Star in February, then I don't know who is. He had 27 points and 18 rebounds, making it his league-leading 18th double-double. It was his ninth straight game with 15 or more rebounds, the longest such streak since Big Ben Wallace did it in the 2002-03 season for the Pistons.
But it wasn't all Love, as six Wolves went for double figures. Point guard Luke Ridnour led the rest of the bunch, with 20 points and 10 assists for a solid double-double.
Michael Beasley put up 12 in 25 minutes; Darko Milicic (returning from injury) and Wes Johnson had 11 and Milicic added seven blocks to the mix; Corey Brewer had 10 and the Wolves outscored the Pistons by 21 when he was on the court.
Rip Hamilton showed he could still play; the 32-year old out of UConn chipped in 26 points and four rebounds for the aging Pistons. Greg Monroe had eight points and 15 rebounds for Detroit, and point guard Rodney Stuckey tossed in 19 points into the mix.
I advise all NBA fans to do the right thing and vote Kevin Love to the All-Star game because, at the moment, he may be playing the best of any forward in the West.
Now, if the Wolves keep winning, he would have a solid case for the MVP, but we're getting ahead of ourselves there, Wolves fans.
Let's just beat Chicago on Saturday, okay? Easier said than done, but at least we know that the Wolves can close the deal without blowing out their opponent.