The Timberwolves may have lost their Wednesday night showdown with Charlotte 89-87, but may have gained something in the process. Trailing by 16 to begin the fourth quarter, the Wolves chisled away at the Bobcat lead and despite shooting poorly from the field and the free-throw line but tied the game with 12 seconds left only to watch Kamba Walker hit a pull up jumper over Alexey Shved to win the game.
The Bobcats led by 14 with 4:22 remaining with the shorthanded Wolves charged back outscoring Charlotte 16-4 to climb back into the game. Trailing by two with 38 seconds left, the Bobcats had issues inbounding the ball and attempted to take a time out. There was one problem, they didn't have any remaining and were assessed a technical foul. Luke Ridnour hit the free-throw pulling the game to a single point and the Wolves had posession of the ball.
Shved turned the ball over on a bad pass to Dante Cunningham and the Wolves were forced to foul former Wolves guard Ramon Sessions. With a chance to make it a three-point game, Sessions missed both free-throws and the Wolves had life.
Shved had a clean look on a baseline jumpshot but missed. The Wolves retained posession when Tyrus Thomas stepped out of bounds while grabbing the rebound giving the 13,000 inside Target Center life.
Our of the timeout, Andrei Kirilenko who finished with 26 points and 12 rebounds found Derrick Williams underneath the basket. Williams, who struggled from the floor converting on just 3-of-12 shots stepped to the line with a chance to give the Wolves their first lead. After missing the first free-throw, Williams made the second to tie the game at 87.
Kemba Walker took it from there. The guard had 22 points in the win for the Bobcats and his 22nd point came with .7 seconds left in the contest giving Charlotte their second consecutive win on the road.
The Wolves shot just 38 percent from the floor in the loss and even worse, shot 20-for-37 from the free-throw line.
The loss is the first at Target Center this season and drops their record to 5-3. Golden State comes to Target Center on Friday night. Tipoff is slated for 7:00PM.