The Wolves certainly needed this.
After three consecutive losses, a laugher. A beat-down. A home-court blowout of Utah on Saturday night in a game that might not have been pretty, but sure was the kind of pressure-release the Wolves were looking for, and got, in a 98-72 victory at Target Center over a Utah team that just couldn’t shoot straight.
Credit at least a good bit of that to perhaps the Wolves’ best defensive performance of the season.
“I could tell, in warmups when I came out, that this was a different energy level,” Wolves coach Rick Adelman said. “I could see it in the body language.’’
Talking on defense and moving the ball on offense, the Wolves (19-20) got their ninth victory of 20 points or more this season. But this one felt a little different.
Ultimately the Wolves shot 43.4 percent, and got wonderful performances from center Nikola Pekovic (27 points, 14 rebounds), Kevin Love (18-13), Kevin Martin (20 points) and Ricky Rubio (nine assists, eight rebounds).