Welcome to Andrew Wiggins’ growing poster collection, Omer Asik.
The likely Rookie of the Year climbed over Asik for a monster one-handed finish Monday night, but it wasn’t enough for the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves, who fell to the visiting New Orleans Pelicans 100-88.
The T-Pups (16-65) now own the NBA’s worst record.
Per the Star Tribune:
Playing with an ever-dwindling roster, the Wolves played hard, rebounded surprisingly well and worked hard on defense. They also lost to New Orleans 100-88 at Target Center, a loss that, coupled with New York’s improbable victory in Atlanta, gave the Wolves (16-65) the league’s worst record entering Wednesday’s finale against Oklahoma City. […] The worst record means a 25 percent chance of winning the draft lottery that would guarantee the Wolves a draft choice no lower than fourth.
“As players, we can’t think about that,” said Robbie Hummel, who shook off a sore back to get 11 points and a team-high 10 rebounds, the second double-double of his season. Zach LaVine had 24 points and Andrew Wiggins had 15, though both rookies struggled with their shot.
But the Pelicans, playing for their playoff lives, had too much Anthony Davis, who had 24 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks, helping the Pelicans take over the game with a 24-9 run to end the first half that put New Orleans (44-37) up by 15. Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans each added 22 points for New Orleans.