The Timberwolves from Ricky Rubio Y Juancho Hernangómez were easily imposed this Sunday on the Dallas mavericks from Luka Doncic and Kristpas Porzingis by 136-121 in a game, the last of the regular season, in which neither one nor the other played anything and that the Texan team played thinking about their first round of the playoffs.
Despite the defeat, the Mavericks finished in fifth place in the Western Conference and will meet in the first round of the playoffs to Los Angeles Clippers from Serge Ibaka, in fourth place.
Meanwhile, the Timberwolves have finished the regular season in 13th place in the Western Conference, with 22 victories, including this Sunday against the Mavs, and 49 defeats.
The top scorer of the game was the up-and-coming young star of the Wolves, Anthony Edwards, with 30 points, 4 assists and 2 blocks. It was the 36th time this season that ‘Ant’ he scores more than 20 points in a game and puts him one step closer to the rookie of the year award.
Edwards also became the fourth rookie in NBA history in 3-pointers made in his rookie season: he ranks No. 4, ahead of Luka doncic, which is fifth. In front of Mavs, Edwards he made 5 of the 9 triples he tried.
In the Wolves the pivot also stood out Karl-Anthony Towns and the base D’Angelo Russell, which each made 23 points.
The Spanish Ricky Rubio Y Juancho Hernangómez they had a low-key night in the Wolves, with 2 points each. blondIn addition, he had 3 rebounds and 7 assists.
Rick carlisle, the coach of the MavsHe decided to give his star a break Luka doncic. The Slovenian player “only” played 20.44 minutes but was the top scorer for his team along with the Latvian center. Kristaps Porzingis, each with 18 points.
On Friday, Doncic declared to EFE after the match that the Mavs they disputed the Raptors that he was “tired” and looking forward to a few days off until the playoff games begin on May 22.
Doncic, who is one of the main contenders for the MVP title, the most valuable player of the season, also had 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals.
The match between Wolves Y Mavs it didn’t have a great story. The Mavs They were only ahead on the scoreboard once, when in the first minutes of the game they placed a 3-6 on the scoreboard at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
But the Timberwolves They quickly erased the difference and completely dominated the rest of the game to the point that in the third quarter, Minnesotans were 24 points ahead on the scoreboard.
In the first half of the match, the Wolves they had already opened a gap of 16 points, 76-60. To rest, Doncic, who had only played 11 minutes, had a poor 4 points under his belt and Porzingis He consoled himself with 8.
In the third quarter, the two European players from the Mavs they spent more time on the track and their numbers improved. Porzingis, who played the entire third quarter, scored 10 points in that period. Y Doncic, who played 9.45 minutes, scored 14.
But the advantage of Wolves it was insurmountable. At the beginning of the fourth period, the scoreboard was 113-95. So, with everything decided heading into the playoffs, Carlisle decided to leave Doncic Y Porzingis on the bench during the last 12 minutes and reserve them for the game against the Clippers.