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Minnesota Timberwolves overcome Detroit Pistons, 106-91

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TIMBERWOLVES WIN. The Minnesota Timberwolves hack out a 106-91 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night (Thursday, March 28, Philippine time). MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES PHOTO

In a milestone victory for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Naz Reid and Jaden McDaniels led the charge as they defeated the Detroit Pistons 106-91 on Wednesday night (Thursday, March 28, Philippine time), securing the franchise’s 50th win of the season for just the fifth time in its 35-year history.

Reid showcased his versatility with a double-double performance, contributing 21 points and 10 rebounds, while McDaniels added 20 points to propel the Timberwolves to victory. Despite a slow start, Minnesota rallied behind their dynamic duo to overcome the struggling Pistons.

Rudy Gobert and Kyle Anderson provided valuable support off the bench, with Gobert recording 11 points and 14 rebounds, and Anderson chipping in 14 points to help offset a quiet night from All-Star Anthony Edwards, who finished with just nine points.

With the win, the Timberwolves moved into a second-place tie with the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference standings, trailing the Denver Nuggets by just half a game after the Thunder’s loss to the Houston Rockets in overtime.

Looking ahead, Gobert expressed confidence in the team’s ability to contend for the top seed in the conference, emphasizing the importance of maintaining momentum as they approach the postseason. Despite their lofty aspirations, Gobert acknowledged that the true test awaits them in mid-April when the playoffs begin.

For the Timberwolves, reaching the 50-win mark holds significant meaning, marking a significant achievement in their journey to playoff contention. McDaniels reflected on the team’s progress over the season, emphasizing the importance of continuing to strive for success as they aim for even greater heights.

Meanwhile, the Pistons endured another disappointing loss, extending their losing streak to eight games. Despite a stellar performance from rookie standout Cade Cunningham, who poured in 32 points, Detroit struggled to keep pace with the Timberwolves’ relentless attack.

Coach Chris Finch praised his team’s defensive effort, highlighting their ability to stifle the Pistons’ offense and secure the victory. With the playoffs on the horizon, Finch emphasized the importance of maintaining focus and building momentum as they pursue their postseason goals.

As the Timberwolves celebrate their milestone victory, the Pistons find themselves mired in a season of struggles, facing an uphill battle to secure a playoff berth. With the postseason out of reach, Detroit must regroup and focus on building for the future as they aim to return to playoff contention in the years to come.

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