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Wednesday, March 6th
(All times Eastern)
Washington Wizards (19-39) at Minnesota Timberwolves (20-37), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Minnesota Timberwolves hope to snap a six-game losing
streak on Wednesday night when they welcome the Washington Wizards to the
The Wolves' last victory came in their first outing after the All-Star break,
a 94-87 win at home over the Philadelphia 76ers. It's been two weeks since
victories and the T'Wolves' most recent loss really stung.
Minnesota battled the defending champion Miami Heat all game, but fell 97-81
in a game where the score was not indicative of the closeness.
With about eight minutes to go in the game, and the Heat up six, Minnesota's
J.J. Barea was whistled for a flagrant 2 foul call against Ray Allen. Barea
was ejected and head coach Rick Adelman was pegged for a technical foul. Allen
knocked down all three free throws and the lead ballooned to nine.
"He pushed off, hit me with an elbow close to my neck," Barea said of his
contact with Allen. "Part of the game, then I gave him a bump back. I've been
in the NBA for seven years, I get hit harder than that every night."
The Heat scored seven of the next eight to pull away.
"I thought our guys played really hard," Adelman said. "We didn't shoot the
ball very well again. Competed and had a chance right there in the middle of
the fourth quarter, and they opened it up."
The Wizards have won four of six and won their last road outing, a 90-84
decision last Monday.
Washington defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 90-87 on Sunday. The Wizards were
down late in the final frame, but John Wall scored the game's final six points
to snap a two-game losing streak.
Wall drained a pull-up jumper from just inside the 3-point arc
"Well I know it's tough in this league to get to the basket and try to make a
tough shot," said Wall. "And I know you don't get too many calls at the end of
the game. I tried to get in the comfort zone and I was feeling good as well as
making a couple of those shots today. So I just took it and had confidence."
Rookie guard Bradley Beal sprained his ankle late in the fourth and was
carried off the floor. It was only a sprain and he's listed as day-to-day.
"I'm grateful it wasn't my knee, but it still felt bad," said Beal. "Whenever
you have something like that, like an ankle sprain where it rolls over
completely, it feels bad."
The Wizards and Wolves have split the last six meetings and Minnesota is 2-0
in its own building. The Wizards bested the T'Wolves 114-101 at home on Jan.
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