The Timberwolves gave everybody at Target Center something to cheer about Sunday night.
Their horrid start -- down 25 points before the game was 15 minutes old -- delighted Celtics fans, who comprised probably more than half of a big Sunday night crowd announced at 19,178.
Their comeback to make a game of it awakened the rest.
"There was a lot of green in the crowd and they were cheering a lot," Wolves reserve forward Anthony Tolliver said. "At the beginning of the game, I was like, 'Well, if they're going to cheer for them, let's shut the crowd up.' That's our goal. Whenever you're on the road, you want to shut the crowd up, right?"
Well, if that doesn't say something about the same of the franchise...
"I didn't know there were that many Celtics fans here," Wolves forward Michael Beasley said. "It is what it is. They're a great team, a championship-caliber team. They've got fans all over the world."
And on Sunday, many of them were at Target Center, wearing green. Some of them wore Kevin Garnett No. 5 jerseys. A few wore No. 21 Garnett jerseys from his Timberwolves years.
"It was really weird going down one end cheering, then going down the other end cheering," Tolliver said. "It was like it was a home game for everybody."
CELTICS 85, TIMBERWOLVES 82: The Celtics used a 17-0 first-quarter run to build a 25-point lead by early in the second quarter, then trailed by a basket with eight minutes left in the game and by a point with five minutes left. But Paul Pierce scored five consecutive points -- a three-point play and a 20-foot jumper -- to turn a 73-72 deficit into a 77-73 lead with three minutes left from which the Wolves never recovered. Pierce had 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Celtics while Michael Beasley had 28 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolves.
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