I don’t quite know how to say this.
The Wolves didn’t blow a double-digit lead.
I know that sounds crazy but hear me out.
The Wolves turned the ball over nine times in the first quarter against the Hornets. Through a lot of missed shots by the Hornets, Minnesota left the first 12 minutes with a tie game. They played the 4th best defensive team in the NBA to a draw after nearly putting up double-digit turnovers in the first quarter.
Then the Wolves came out firing mortars from long-range in the second quarter. Anthony Tolliver led an impressive 3-point shooting display by hitting four 3-pointers of his own as the team knocked down 7/11 from beyond the arc. The Wolves built up a 14-point lead by smoke, mirrors and grenades.
The second half of this game is the obvious stage for the Wolves blowing a double-digit lead. You almost expect them to begin their usual crumble of turning the ball over, settling for contested long jumpers, missing free throws and giving up key offensive rebounds. A couple of peculiar coaching plays here and there down the stretch and the Wolves go home with another moral victory against a good team.