The Minnesota Timberwolves were disgusted with themselves after a one-point loss this weekend.
They made sure not to have a repeat performance Tuesday. They’ll now look to enter the All-Star break on a positive note when they meet the Utah Jazz at the Delta Center.
Kevin Garnett finished with 31 points and 16 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who led by as many as 17 in the first half.
“That’s what a loss did to us,” Garnett said. “We had to re-evaluate ourselves. It made us more hungry.”
“Our team just keeps our composure,” said Sam Cassell, who had eight points and 12 assists after going scoreless for the first 27-plus minutes.
Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders put his team through an intense, training camp-style practice Monday as the team tried to make amends for the disappointing loss to Memphis.
Saunders said he was pleased with the way Minnesota took control against the Clippers, heaping extra praise on his All-Star power forward.
“You’re always concerned when a guy is scoring that he’ll go searching for something, but he didn’t do that,” Saunders said of Garnett. “He took what they gave him.”
The Jazz return home after sweeping a two-game road trip to Phoenix and Portland. Utah had lost four straight before the modest win streak.
Arroyo made 10 straight free throws down the stretch to seal the win.