Michael Beasley's Game-Winning Basket Ends Minnesota Timberwolves' Skid at Seven

Joseph Fafinski@Joseph FafinskiCorrespondent IDecember 27, 2010

Michael Beasley scored 28 and hit the game-winning layup for the Timberwolves.
Michael Beasley scored 28 and hit the game-winning layup for the Timberwolves.Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The ball rolled off the backboard and went in with five seconds left. Michael Beasley gave off a fist bump that seemed more like a sigh of relief, and it was confirmed when the Cavaliers' Antwan Jamison's buzzer-beater attempt bounced off the rim.

With the 98-97 victory, the Timberwolves ended their losing skid at seven games, a streak that dated back to a December 10th victory over the Detroit Pistons.

Since then, the Pups have lost to the Bulls, Warriors, Blazers, Suns, Nuggets, Clippers, and Jazz, losing five of them within nine points.

It was a tasteful ending for Beasley, who finished the contest with a game-leading 28 points and added six boards to the mix in 42 minutes.

It was the 17th consecutive double-double for forward Kevin Love, who had 16 and 18 in 38 for the victorious club. He also hit a few clutch free throws down the stretch, including two with a few minutes left when the Wolves briefly took a 94-93 advantage.

Luke Ridnour did his best John Stockton impression, scoring a season-best 23 points with seven assists. The Oregon Ducks product also went an outstanding five-for-five from downtown.

Jonny Flynn also had 11 points and four assists in limited action.

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The Wolves went an extraordinary 91 percent from the charity stripe, missing only two of 22 possible and hitting many late buckets that sealed the deal in Cleveland.

Cavs' coach Byron Scott went hard on his players, only using nine of their suited players in Sunday night's game and using 181 of the possible 240 minutes. Antwan Jamison led the way with 24 points and six rebounds.

Starting guards Anthony Parker and Mo Williams were not far behind with 21 and 17, respectively. Each played 39 minutes.

It was a satisfying ending for 'Snowta, who improved their dismal road record to 2-17 and 7-24 overall.

In two games in this season's campaign, the Timberwolves have outscored Cleveland 227-192. Michael Beasley was inactive for the last game, and judging by tonight, it is probably a good thing for the Cavs he didn't play back on December 4th.

Minnesota heads home to play a lurking-in-the-West New Orleans squad, and all sides are set for the 7:00 showdown at the Target Center. 

It's too bad the T'Wolves can't play Cleveland every game.

Otherwise they'd be 82-0.


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