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Celtics come up small against Timberwolves’ bigs in blowout loss

While the Celtics [1] remained competitive through the first half, trailing by just five through two quarters, they were blown out on the road by the Minnesota Timberwolves [2] 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 [3] (23 points) faced little opposition. Minnesota outscored the Celtics in the paint, 52-28.

Avery Bradley [4] led the Celtics with a season-high 27 points (one short of his career high) on 12-of-23 shooting, but Jeff Green [5] 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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