Trans. Oct 30 7:54 ET (Oct 30 7:54 ET ) Thaddeus Young scored 19 points and hit a big 3-pointer with 90 seconds to play to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 97-91 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night. Nikola Pekovic had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Ricky Rubio added 11 points, eight assists and seven boards for the Timberwolves in their home opener. Caron Butler scored 24 points and D.J. Augustin had 20 points and six assists for the Pistons, who have opened the season with two straight losses on the road under first-year coach Stan Van Gundy. Andre Drummond had 11 points and 12 rebounds, but he was limited in the second half by foul trouble and the Timberwolves held off a late charge from Butler and the Pistons.
Andre Drummond fouled out in Wednesday's 89-79 loss against the Nuggets, finishing with 11 points, nine rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in 27 minutes.
The Scoop:It wasn't a great start and he'll have better days ahead. Drummond attempted a few more shots through play design rather than just scoring off cuts and offensive boards, so the double-doubles should be coming in bunches.
Andre Drummond double-doubled in 31 minutes against the Wolves on Thursday with 11 points, 12 boards, one assist and two blocks.
The Scoop:The Wolves did the old Hack-A-Dre down the stretch to help ice the game. Drummond did commit five fouls, turned the ball over a couple times, made 5-of-14 from the field and only 1-of-4 from the line. Amazingly, he shot below 40 percent from the field just twice last season, so the added responsibility on offense seems to be hurting his efficiency. Of course, there's no need to worry and Drummond is a buy-low target.
The Scoop:This was a no brainer and they'll probably have to max out Drummond when his contract is up after the fourth year. If you can punt free throw percentage properly, Drummond is seriously worth a look at the end of the first round.