The shots were clanking and the frustration was mounting for J.J. Barea during a three-game shooting slump that was getting him booed off his home court with regularity. With the lowly Milwaukee Bucks hitting everything in sight, Minnesota coach Rick Adelman gave Barea some time with the Ricky Rubio in the same backcourt, and the throwback lineup helped jumpstart Barea and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Kevin Love had 27 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and Barea scored 19 points to lift the Timberwolves to a 112-101 victory over the Bucks on Tuesday night. After going 5 for his previous 25, Barea hit seven of 10 shots to help wake up the sluggish Wolves and Kevin Martin scored 26 points to help them finish a four-game homestand at 2-2.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Before Tuesday, the Minnesota Timberwolves won only once this season when they trailed by double digits in a game. They did it a second time, coming back from 11 points behind in the first quarter to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 112-101 at Target Center. "Hopefully we don't have to do it a third time," Wolves shooting guard Kevin Martin said, "because it doesn't work out a lot in your favor in the NBA." The Wolves (32-31) recovered and overcame an opponent that arrived at Target Center with the NBA's worst record.
Kevin Martin made 9-of-16 from the field during Friday's 114-101 win vs. the Pistons, scoring 24 points with one board, one assist and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.
The Scoop:Since returning from a thumb injury, he's averaged 21.0 points, 2.5 boards, 1.5 assists, 0.5 steals and 1.0 triples on 45.3 percent from the field and 94.1 percent from the line. Martin has shot just 21.1 percent from downtown in that span, so that's really the only part of his game that hasn't come around yet.