Wizards Vs. Timberwolves: Wizards Blow Late Lead, Remain Winless On The Road In 109-97 Loss To Wolves

The Wizards are still winless on the road. A 0-19 record is not too far from the all-time record of 0-29 for most consecutive road losses to start a season.

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Wizards Vs. Timberwolves: Wizards Blow Late Lead, Remain Winless On The Road In 109-97 Loss To Wolves

The Washington Wizards had a great opportunity presented to them Thursday night. Washington was in Minnesota to face the Timberwolves, a team worse than them, with a chance to break their winless road streak. The Wizards fought back from a double-digit deficit and took a lead late in the fourth quarter, but in the end, came up short once again. Minnesota rallied to defeat the Wizards 109-97, sending Washington its 19th road loss of the season.

Kevin Love had his 26th straight double-double and NBA-leading 35th overall with 35 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Wolves to their 10th win of the season. Luke Ridnour had 16 points, while Darko Milicic had 14 points to pace six Wolves who scored in double figures. Meanwhile, Rashard Lewis led the WIzards with 19 points. Kirk Hinrich had 18 points off of the bench. The Wizards had five scorers in double figures.

Washington found themselves down by 10 after one quarter, seven af halftime and five at the end of the third quarter. The Wizards grabbed the lead a few times, but held a 94-90 advantage midway through the fourth quarter. But as usual, they could not hold on; the Wolves went on a 19-3 run to end the game.

Washington is now 0-19 on the road and just 10 wins away from tying the NBA record for most consecutive road losses to start a season. Their next chance to win away from home is January 19 against the Milwaukee Bucks.

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Wizards Vs. Timberwolves: Wizards Take Lead Shortly, But Enter Halftime Down 55-48

The Wizards found themselves down by 10 points entering the second quarter, rallied to take a one-point lead and then trailed by seven all in 12 minutes. Washington trails Minnesota 55-48 at halftime.

Kevin Loves leads the Wolves with 21 points and six rebounds. On the other side, Al Thornton, Rashard Lewis and Kirk Hinrich all have 10 points each.

Washington started the second quarter down 28-18, but cut the lead to 35-33. The Wolves responded with six straight points, but the Wizards finally grabbed the lead at 42-41. It didn't last long as Minnesota quickly regained the lead.

Love is the only Wolves player in double figures, but the team is shooting 45% from the field. Washington is shooting 47% and each team has 10 points from free throws, but Minnesota has hit three more three-pointers.

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Wizards Vs. Timberwolves: Kevin Love Dominates Paint, Leads Wolves To 28-18 Edge Over Wizards

The Washington Wizards thought that playing a team with a worse record than theirs, the Minnesota Timberwolves, would give them an easy chance to finally win on the road. Kevin Love doesn't see it that way.

Love has 14 points and three rebounds to lead the Wolves to a 28-18 edge over the Wizards after the first quarter.

Love has half of Minnesota's points and is well on his way to his 26th straight double-double and 35th overall. He even hit two three-pointers.

Al Thornton leads the Wizards with eight points. Washington shot 41% from the field.

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Wizards Vs. Timberwolves: Wizards Hope To Finally Win Road Game Against Limping Wolves

The Wizards' winless streak on the road has become a broken record, but 0-18 is hard to overlook. Thursday night in Minnesota, Washington might have its best chance to date to finally win one away from home against the lowly Timberwolves.

The Wizards will look to avoid the longest road losing streak to start a season since the 1997-98 Denver Nuggets, which started 0-22. Washington has lost its 18 road games by an average score of 14.5 points per game.

Minnesota doesn't prove to be a formidable opponent. The Timberwolves have nine wins to the Wizards' 10 and will look to avoid their own bad streak: four separate losing streaks of at least six games.

Nick Young had a career-high 43 points in Washington's 136-133 overtime win over the Sacramento Kings Tuesday. Young and the Wizards will have to stop Kevin Love in the paint. Love averages about 22 points and 16 rebounds per game.

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