The Timberwolves’ formula for success has changed in the last couple of weeks.
A team that used its defense to stay afloat in the first half of the season is gradually returning to the form it showed at the end of last season – full offense, few stops.
And when you have as many offensive talents as the Minnesota, that can be enough for many nights, as it was on Sunday.
The Timberwolves defeated Brooklyn 136–125 to win at Target Center.
Minnesota has the best offensive rating in the NBA since Jan. 3. She won games with offense and a high level of shots. Sunday was no different.
Anthony Edwards finished with 25 points in four triples. D’Angelo Russell had 23 points and 10 assists.
Minnesota made 52% of their shots from the floor, 44% from three-pointers and 26 of 31 from the free throw line.
That was more than enough to beat off Brooklyn, another of the League’s top fouls. The Nets themselves shot 51% from the floor and 40% from deep, with Kyrie Irving scoring 30 points. The Wolves have been having some defensive issues lately, but this has been masked by their offensive abilities.
Minnesota has over 108 points in each of their last eight games. In six of those competitions he scored over 119 points, and on Sunday he scored 130 points for the third time in that stretch.
The offense that had lagged so far behind the defense at the start of the season – Timberwolves coach Chris Finch attributed this to too much focus on defense at training camp – has now caught up and circled the other end of the floor. The Wolves are now more like the team everyone expected at the start of the season.