Timberwolves top Pistons in home opener
MINNEAPOLIS -- The last time Flip Saunders roamed the Target Center sidelines as Minnesota Timberwolves head coach, many of the players currently on his roster were in grade school.
MINNEAPOLIS - The last time Flip Saunders roamed the Target Center sidelines as Minnesota Timberwolves head coach, many of the players currently on his roster were in grade school.
A decade later that youth is the focal point of the new direction the Wolves are taking. But Thursday, it was the veterans who helped pull out a 97-91 NBA victory over a visiting Detroit Pistons team busy with a rebuilding project of its own.
Thaddeus Young hit a 3-pointer with 88 seconds left in a tie game, spurring the Wolves (1-1) over the Pistons (0-2), despite a heroic effort by Detroit’s Caron Butler (24 points) and D.J. Augustin (20).
The Wolves - who lost their season opener 105-101 at Memphis on Wednesday - improved to 18-8 in home openers. Saunders, meanwhile, celebrated his return by moving to 10-0 in home openers as Wolves coach.
Five Wolves players finished in double figures in scoring, led by Young’s 19. Nikola Pekovic had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Mo Williams had 13 and Kevin Martin had 12. Ricky Rubio had 11 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.