Looking for their first win of the year, the Washington Wizards shot less than 35% from the floor to fall behind by double digits in Sunday's game against the Timberwolves. Minnesota ended the half with a 7-0 run in the last 1:20 to take a 14 point lead. Just like he did at the end of the first quarter, rookie point guard Ricky Rubio led the run for the Timberwolves. Rubio had a really impressive first half and was all over the floor, dishing out eight assists. He also finished with nine points and five rebounds, as he provided a huge spark off the bench after struggling against Cleveland on Friday.
In addition to Rubio, Kevin Love stuffed the stat sheet as he always does, and had a double-double in the first half alone. After eight boards in the first quarter, Love finished with 11 rebounds and ten points. Rookie Derrick Williams also added eight points for the Wolves, hitting two deep threes.
Jan Vesely got his first bucket on a nice feed from Trevor Booker, who drove into the lane and drew Anthony Tolliver off Vesely to give the rookie a wide open dunk. In six minutes of play, it was Vesely's only attempt from the field. Nick Young led the Wizards with nine points in another poor shooting half for Washington.
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