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NBA: Juancho Hernangmez and the Minnesota miracle in seven minutes to remember | NBA 2020


The Timberwolves come back against the Rockets with a final run of 22-0. The Spanish player signs 19 points and nine rebounds

Juancho Hernangmez scores against the Rockets.
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What happened in Minnesota, specifically in the last seven minutes, when the Timberwolves seemed doomed to their fourth consecutive loss, when the Rockets took their victory for granted, has a small corner in the NBA anecdote (107-101). Because in that unthinkable seven-minute epilogue the sky opened for Wolves thanks to a devastating 22-0 partial, after having lost by 19. Precisely 19 were the points he signed from the bench. Juancho Hernangmez, second highest scorer of his own, who caught the rebound that certified the feat. Next to Karl-Anthony Towns (26 points and 19 rebounds), sublime in those decisive moments, the Spaniard was one of the culprits that Minnesota swallowed Houston, in the duel between the two worst teams in the competition. At least the Wolves, who are still in the queue, already have something to brag about.

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At 7:31 left, the Rockets led 85-101 and no one doubted that victory would be theirs. But in those seven and a half minutes it was the perfect storm for the Timberwolves, where Houston missed its last 14 shots to the basket and lost five balls. They had led by 19 (72-91) in the moments leading up to the end of the third quarter. But amid the silence of the Minnesota Target Center, a miracle performed by Karl-Anthony Towns and lived closely by Juancho Hernangmez and Ricky Rubio (two points and eight assists).

Juancho earned the praise of his coach, Chris Finch: “His level of activity was high, defensively he will always compete and he is not afraid to be there.” It was not only his 19 points but also the nine rebounds he captured, two of them in the decisive moments. In those seven magical minutes he left Anthony Edwards (12) on the bench and confirmed that something had changed. Despite not having counted for much during the season, Hernangmez has scored 36 points in the last two games and has become a setback for Minnesota.

On the other shore, there was a sign: John Wall. The point guard lost the North to the Rockets during the final seven minutes, missing all six shots he tried and losing two balls. Everything fell apart as Minnesota regained its faith. An offensive rebound with Juancho’s staff started the takeoff, riding Karl-Anthony Towns, who signed 12 points in that time. The Rockets were buried and the Timberwolves, unexpectedly, went home with a formidable smile.

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