The Minnesota Timberwolves had a strong shooting performance, finishing 44-79 (55.7%) from the field and 28-35 (80.0%) at the free throw line, in a 124-112 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Minnesota (16-16) picked up the win after falling to the Dallas Mavericks on Monday.
Nikola Pekovic scored 22 points on 7-12 shooting from the field and 8-11 from the free throw line. Other top performers for Minnesota were Kevin Love with 21 points and 6 rebounds, J.J. Barea with 17 points and 5 assists, and Ricky Rubio with 14 points and 9 assists. Ryan Anderson had another quality performance for New Orleans despite the loss, putting up 25 points on 10-17 shooting, including 2-8 from behind the arc. Jrue Holiday contributed 19 points and 5 assists, Tyreke Evans finished with 16 points and 7 rebounds, and Anthony Davis put up 13 points and 6 rebounds.
Along with their eFG% of 60.8%, the Timberwolves posted a FTA rate of 44.3. This season, they are undefeated (2-0) when they exceed 55% and 35.0 in those respective metrics. Conversely, the Pelicans are winless (0-4) when allowing their opponents to hit those marks.
New Orleans (14-16) could not get back-to-back victories after defeating Portland on Monday.
Coming up, the Timberwolves square off with the Oklahoma City Thunder, who are 25-6 on the season. The Pelicans match up with the Boston Celtics, currently sitting at 13-18 this year. The Timberwolves have a 1-1 record against Oklahoma City this season.