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Celtics come up small against Timberwolves’ bigs in blowout loss

11.16.13 at 10:19 pm ET

While the Celtics remained competitive through the first half, trailing by just five through two quarters, they were blown out on the road by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the third quarter en route to a 106-88 defeat. A competitive game became a blowout during a third quarter in which Minnesota outscored the visitors, 34-20.

The Celtics could do little to stop the T-Wolves’ bigs, as centerĀ Nikola Pekovic (20 points on 8-of-9 shooting) andĀ Kevin Love (23 points) faced little opposition. Minnesota outscored the Celtics in the paint, 52-28.

Avery Bradley led the Celtics with a season-high 27 points (one short of his career high) on 12-of-23 shooting, but Jeff Green proved invisible (two points) while the Celtics turned over the ball 21 times.

The Celtics dropped to 4-7, having lost three in a row.

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