NBA: Juancho is leading a comeback not seen in the NBA in over a decade
TAfter losing 19 points, Timber Wolves defeated the Rockets 107-101 thanks to a 22-0 game in the last 7 minutes of the match and the impressive performance of Spaniard Juancho Hernángmez, who was his second team’s top scorer. 19 points off the bench.
Wolves shined on the comeback of the week thanks to Hernángmez’s performance, especially the strength of Carl Anthony Townes (Cat), who scored 29 points, 16 rebounds and 8 assists, plus a plug. Wolverhampton’s victory came even though Minnesota coach Chris Finch decided once again to have Anthony Edwards seated for most of the fourth quarter.
Hernángmez, who plus 19 points had 9 rebounds and one pass after 28 minutes on the field, left Edwards on the bench for the last seven minutes of the match. Hernángmez, who has not spent much time on the field this season, has scored 36 points in the last two games and has become a setback for his team.
At the end of the match, Finch praised Hernángmez, who said that “his level of activity is high and in defense he will always compete and he is not afraid to be there.”
This is the first time since 2009 (the Clippers) that a quarter-final team achieved 22-0 or better to end up winning a match.
The Timberwolves’ other Spaniard, point keeper Ricky Rubio, gave a more discreet performance, with 2 points, 3 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 robberies.
The Rockets blew in the last 7.31 minutes, wasting all 14 shots they tried, a win that had been evident from the middle of the second quarter. Christian Wood was the Rockets’ top scorer with 24 points, 9 rebounds and one pass, followed by Ben Maclemore with 21 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal.
One of those responsible for the collapse of the rockets in the last minutes was point guard John Wall. Wall returned to the field with 7 minutes remaining and until the end of the match, he had missed all six of his shots and lost two balls.
The match between Timberwolves and the Rockets was seen as a desperate fight between the two worst teams of the season, with the Minnesotans at last and just above the Rockets.
Wolverhampton needed to win after losing the previous three games and went on the field wanting to take advantage of an irregular team like Minnesota. The first 12 minutes were in his favor, 33-29, thanks to Townes, who had 12 points in that first quarter.
But the rest of the team was running. Finch had all nine players available to play in the first quarter, and by the end of the period, they all had at least one point under their belt. So much so that the remaining eight players. 2
Meanwhile, at the Rockets, Christian Wood was the best, who scored 10 points while Ben McLemore scored another 9.
But in the second period, Timber Wolves suffered another “blow” and only managed to score 21 points to 34, which the Rockets achieved. KAT dried up and got only two points, like Edwards. Minnesota’s poor defense allowed all but one of Houston’s players to score in this period.
The breakage was 54-63 for the missiles.
The break was not good for the Wolves, who scored only 22 points in the third quarter, 10 of them from Hernángmez, versus 28 from the Rockets, increasing the difference to 76-91 at the end of the period.
Everything indicates that the wolves added another defeat due to their mental frailty. But this time the miracle happened. The Rockets held the lead with around 14 points during the first five minutes of the fourth quarter. But in 7.31’s absence to go, everything collapsed.
Hernángmez caught an offensive rebound and earned a personal throwback. The force forward made two free throws and opened the doors for wolves to recover. After three times KAT, Juancho did a dip that ended up motivating the Minnesota team.
Townes took command of his team and scored 12 points in those last seven minutes. Wall tried to give him the answer from the Rockets, but his lack of success ended up burying the Houston team.