If there’s a better way to end a 15 game losing streak, I sure can’t think of it.
Making their only visit to Indiana this season, the Wolves struggled in the early going. A combination of sloppy shooting and careless defense meant the Wolves would go to the locker room trailing by six.
Enter Mo Williams. The 12 year vet from Alabama was Mo-lten hot, scoring 52 points on 19-33 shooting, including 6-11 from deep. His 7 assists and 4 rebounds didn’t hurt, either. The 52 points is a franchise single game record, surpassing the previous mark of 51, set by both Corey Brewer and Kevin Love.
Mo didn’t just walk the walk, he talked the talk.
Mo Williams to CJ Watson during the game: “There ain't nothing y'all can do today. … I'm shooting it in the Pacific today."
— Scott Agness (@ScottAgness) January 14, 2015
Even with Mo scorching from the floor all game long, the Wolves still needed several breaks. The biggest of which came late in the third, with the Pacers leading by seven. That’s when Pacer big Roy Hibbert bit on a shot fake by Gorgui Dieng. Finding himself out of position, Hibbert decided to pull Dieng down by his shoulder. Dieng hit the ground with a thud, and Hibbert was given a Flagrant 2 and ejected. It may not have been an intentionally dirty play by Hibbert, but it was certainly careless, and Dieng was lucky to come out of the play unscathed.
Without Roy Hibbert, Indiana began to unravel. Minnesota outscored the Pacers in the fourth by a score of 41-26, with 37 of the 41 coming from just three players: Mo Williams (21), Andrew Wiggins (9), and Robbie Hummel (7). The end result was a Minnesota victory – their first victory since December 10th.
Now the skid is over, the Wolves will have a chance to do something they haven’t done since last season – go on a winning streak. In the meantime, enjoy Mo Williams spitting hot fire.