The Boston Celtics (46-20) defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 117-109. This is the Celtics second straight win. The Timberwolves (38-29) have now lost three straight and currently sit sixth in the Western Conference.
With this win the Celtics continued to keep pace with the Toronto Raptors for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. They were led by All-Stars Kyrie Irving who scored 23 points, had 8 assist, and 7 rebounds, Al Horford also contributed 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assist.
The Celtics held their breath as forward Jaylen Brown took a hard fall after a huge dunk in the third quarter. He was helped back to the locker room and did not return. He finished with 14 points and 5 rebounds.
The Timberwolves got unexpected game highs and a career high from Nemanja Bjelica who scored 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. He also led the Timberwolves in minutes (40). Taj Gibson scored 18 points and Karl Anthony-Towns contributed 15 points and 11 rebounds.
This was a evenly matched game overall. Only one rebound and four assist were the difference in those two major categories.
Each team had six players score in double figures, which is impressive. The difference in the game was the bench play. The Celtics bench led by Marcus Morris who scored 17 points, outscored the Timberwolves bench 42-20
The Timberwolves who will be without All-Star Jimmy Butler for the remainder of the regular season, are just two losses from not being part of playoff picture.
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