T'Wolves lose to Bobcats, Jefferson and Love to tryout for national teamMinnesota Sports
- Minnesota lost in NBA play 93-92 to Charlotte. T-Wolves players Al Jefferson and Kevin Love will tryout for the U.S. national team that will play in this year's world basketball championships.
MINNEAPOLIS - The Timberwolves rallied from a 21-point deficit but came up short in a 93-92 loss to Charlotte last night in Minneapolis in their final game before the NBA All-Star Break.
The Wolves lost their second straight game following a season-high four-game winning streak when Wayne Ellington's shot from beyond the three-point arc hit the rim at the final buzzer. The Wolves led by one point in the closing minute when Corey Brewer grabbed a loose ball but threw it right to Charlotte's Nazr Mohammed, who scored on a dunk to give the Bobcats the lead with five-point-three seconds left. Al Jefferson led the Wolves with 19 points and ten rebounds, while Charlotte's Steven Jackson led everyone with 33 points. The Wolves are 13-and-40 and are off until Tuesday's game at Detroit.
Guard Jonny Flynn and forward Kevin Love are headed to Dallas for the NBA's All-Star weekend, where they'll compete in tomorrow's Rookie Challenge game.
Timberwolves forwards Al Jefferson and Kevin Love are among the 27 NBA players chosen to try out for the U-S men's basketball national team. Players who make the squad will compete in the World Championship tournament this summer in Turkey, and the 2012 Olympic games in London. Jefferson says the experience will help in many ways, especially since he had little chance to work on his game this past summer because he was rehabilitating a knee injury. This is the second go-round with Team USA for Love, who took part in last summer's minicamp in Las Vegas. Love says playing for the United States in international competition is something he's always wanted to do.