Instant analysis: Timberwolves 120, Wizards 98

Instant analysis: Timberwolves 120, Wizards 98
December 27, 2013, 10:15 pm
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Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) shoots over Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio (9) during the second quarter at Target Center.

(Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports)

The Wizards came unhinged after getting out to a good start Friday as Kevin Love scored 11 consecutive points during one stretch to lead the Timberwolves' comeback. 

And making this road loss tougher was a possible serious injury to Bradley Beal's left leg late in the fourth quarter. 

The Timberwolves (14-15) lost the first meeting at Verizon Center 104-100 on Nov. 19 but with this victory ended a two-game losing streak. 

The Wizards (12-14) only had 12 turnovers but ended minus-8 in that category as Ricky Rubio compiled 11 points, nine assists, eight rebounds, three steals and no turnovers in 27 minutes. They were outrebounded 44-35, and that includes allowing 14 offensive. All five starters for Minnesota scored in double figures while J.J. Barea and Alexey Shved combined for 30 points off the bench. 

Turning point: Entering the second quarter with a 23-22 lead, it quickly it turned into a 61-47 deficit at the half. Minnesota forced seven turnovers and had a 10-0 edge in second-chance points. The Wizards never threatened after that. 

Best in show: John Wall. He scored 22 of the Wizards first 47 points, tallying his fifth consecutive game with 20 points or more. Wall finished with 26 on 11-for-20 shooting, seven assists, four rebounds and had just one turnover. Love had 25 points and 11 rebounds in just 32 minutes. 

Restrictions: Beal, who has averaged about 29 minutes per game, logged 26 this time. He had four fouls in the first 19 minutes he played. He finished 5-for-12 for 14 points. Nene was off target early to finish 4-for-10 for 13 points and five rebounds. 

Injury report: Beal went down with a left leg injury at 4:25 of the fourth quarter when he was carried off by teammates Trevor Ariza and Jan Vesely. ... Backup C Kevin Seraphin missed his second game because of a sore right knee. He didn't practice all week and had an MRI that didn't show any structural damage. Vesely, who hadn't played in the previous two games, took Seraphin's place. ... Al Harrington, who had a procedure to clean out loose particles in his right knee, has rejoined the team though he hasn't been cleared to play.

Up next: The Wizards returned to D.C. after the game and will play vs. the Detroit Pistons at Verizon Center on Saturday (CSN, 7 p.m. ET).

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