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News » Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-12-01

Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-12-01

Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-12-01It's over.


The Timberwolves stopped their losing streak at 32 days and 15 games -- one shy of tying the franchise record -- with a stupefying victory Sunday in Denver.

When it was all over and the Wolves had won for the first time since the season opener Oct. 28, rookie guard Jonny Flynn slammed the ball once on the court as the final buzzer sounded.

Then he and his teammates smiled, shook hands and walked off the court in what was, given the circumstances, a most understated celebration.

"You see, on the court, you've got to keep your cool," Flynn said. "You've got to keep your cool until you come back in the locker room and then you scream and jump around. You should have seen us coming into the locker room. It was like we won the championship, everybody hugging each other."

That was in private with each other. On the court, you couldn't tell if the Wolves were trying to play it cool or were completely stunned.

"Probably a little bit of both," forward Damien Wilkins said. "We hadn't won in so long, we haven't experienced this in a while and we want to keep it going. We've got 60-some odd games left. We want to savor and enjoy this, but it's possible it could get ugly again. In this league, it is possible."

For one night at least, there was joy in the team's locker room after a game.

"There's nothing like a winning locker room," Wolves coach Kurt Rambis said. "There's a lot of relief in there. They're already talking about practice tomorrow."

WOLVES 106, NUGGETS 100: Trailing by as many as 17 points in the first half, the Wolves scored the first 14 points after halftime and delivered a 31-12 third quarter that propelled them to their first victory after 15 consecutive losses.

They avoided by one more loss tying the franchise record for longest losing streak. Wolves teams lost 16 in a row in both 1992 and 1994.

Coach Kurt Rambis adjusted the starting lineup by inserting veteran small forward Damien Wilkins for big man Ryan Hollins and moving Ryan Gomes from small forward to power forward. He did so for matchup reasons, so Gomes and Wilkins could defend Nuggets forwards Carmelo Anthony and Kenyon Martin.

All Gomes did was score 27 points (most by a Timber Wolf this season) and Wilkins delivered his fourth career double-double (15 points, 12 rebounds).

Anthony, the NBA's leading scorer, led everybody with 32 points, but 19 of those were in the first quarter and only four came in the second and decisive third quarters.

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