Sunday, March 04, 2007

Wolves 117, Celtics 124 2OT

From Steve Aschburner/Star Tribune:
The outcome spoiled what had been a Hollywood return to the lineup for Troy Hudson, who made his first start since late in 2004-05. Hudson, who hadn't been used at all in 15 of the club's 18 previous games, scored 26 points with eight assists in 46 minutes. He brought needed flow to an offense that shot 50 percent and had 32 assists.

But the Wolves got manhandled on the boards 57-27, leading to Boston's 23-4 edge in second-chance scoring. Their bench got outscored 41-11 and chipped in only two points after halftime.

AP Recap

Box Score

Postgame quotes

Steve Bulpett/The Boston Herald recap

From Rick Alonzo/Pioneer Press:
With 15.1 seconds remaining in the overtime, Wolves guard Ricky Davis was fouled behind the three-point line. But officials conferred and changed the initial call from three free throws to two, a key play that Wittman said cost his team the game.

Coach Wittman's reaction to the call:
"They guessed," a clearly upset Wittman said after the 124-117 double-overtime loss. "It was a guess. Violet had it as a three. Then I don't know what happened. The other two had to have guessed because obviously everybody's watched it (on replay), and it's not even close. To guess, that's not right. That cost us a game. That cost us a game."