Jared Sullinger put up 24 points and registered 11 rebounds, his fourth double-double of the season, to lead the Boston Celtics to a close victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, 101-97. Boston (12-14) has now won back-to-back games after defeating New York Knicks on Friday.
Sullinger went 7-14 and converted 9-11 from the free throw line. Avery Bradley also chipped in for Boston, finishing with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Kevin Love had another big game for Minnesota in the loss, putting up 27 points on 9-26 shooting (2-11 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 7-11 from the free throw line. He also added 14 rebounds. Nikola Pekovic added 13 points and 7 rebounds, Dante Cunningham finished with 12 points and 6 rebounds, and J.J. Barea put up 10 points and 11 assists.
In addition to 27.6% from 3-point range, the Timberwolves tallied an eFG% of just 41.8%. They are winless (0-6) on the season when registering marks below 30% and 45%, respectively, in those statistics. The Celtics, conversely, are 5-1 when holding the opposition to such dismal shooting numbers.
This drops Minnesota (12-13) to 1-1 versus Boston on the season.
Coming up, the Celtics square off against the Detroit Pistons, who are 12-14 on the season. The Timberwolves match up against the Portland Trail Blazers, currently sitting at 21-4 this year. The Celtics have a 0-1 record against Detroit this season.