Charlotte Edges Timberwolves 89-87
Kemba Walker made the game-winning 20-foot jump shot with a hand in his face with .7 seconds left to lift Charlotte over Minnesota 89-87 at Target Center Wednesday night. Minnesota trailed by 14 in the 4th quarter before Derrick Williams made a free throw with just seconds left to tie the game at 87. Walker led the Bobcats with 22 points.
The Timberwolves were led by Andrei Kirilenko with 26 points, Luke Ridnour added 16 points and 10 assists, Alexey Shved added 13 points and Derrick Williams chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds. Minnesota is 5-3 and will host Golden State Friday night at 7pm, pregame on WJON at 6:30.
The Timberwolves played Wednesday night with just 9 healthy players. J.J. Barea (foot sprain), Brandon Roy (sore right knee) and Nikola Pekovic (sprained ankle) did not play but could return as early as Friday. Chase Budinger (torn meniscus), Kevin Love (broken hand) and Ricky Rubio (torn ACL) will be out longer.