BOSTON clawed back from a 15-point deficit with a scorching run to start the fourth quarter as the Celtics defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves, 99-93, at the Target Center on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time).
Trailing 66-81 near the end of the third quarter, the Celtics unleashed a 19-0 blitz to take an 85-81 lead with 5:43 to go in the final period. Al Horford, playing only in his second game back from a concussion, teamed up with Jonas Jerebko and Terry Rozier as the three scored all of the Celtics points in that pivotal rally. Boston’s starters, led by Isaiah Thomas, took over to hold off Minnesota’s attempts at regaining control.
Boston outscored Minnesota, 31-12, in the fourth period as the Timberwolves shot just 5-of-25 in the quarter, with Karl-Anthony Towns the only scorer for the team in the first 11 minutes of the frame.
Thomas led the Celtics, who improved to 8-6, with 29 points. Horford had a solid all-around performance with 20 points, six rebounds and five assists. Avery Bradley added 13 markers, while Rozier and Jerebko combined for 17 points off the bench.
The Timberwolves fell to 4-9 despite the huge game from Towns, who had 27 points, 18 rebounds and two blocks. Gorgui Dieng added 20 markers and 10 boards, while Andrew Wiggins struggled with his shot in going 5-of-18 to finish with 14.