Over 20,000 come out for preseason NBA game
Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Martin, left, drives to the net as Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley defends during third quarter NBA pre-season basketball action in Montreal, Sunday, October 20, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Published Sunday, October 20, 2013 9:46PM EDT
MONTREAL - The NBA continued a popular recent tradition by hosting a preseason game at the Bell Centre and once again local basketball fans responded by coming out in big numbers Sunday.
A reported 20,152 fans showed up to watch Kevin Love score 22 points to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 104-89 victory over the Boston Celtics.
Kevin Martin also scored 21 points and nine rebounds for the Timberwolves (3-2), while Ricky Rubio led the team with seven assists.
Gerald Wallace led Boston with 16 points and three assists for the Celtics (1-6).
An NBA preseason game between the Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks attracted over 21,000 fans in Montreal in October 2010, while a rematch between the same two teams last October - during the NHL hockey strike - sold an impressive 22,114 tickets, including $511 courtside seats.
The T-Wolves begin their regular season on October 30 against the Orlando Magic while the Celtics kick off the same nights in Toronto against the Raptors
Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love, right, and Boston Celtics' Kelly Olynyk keep their eyes on the ball during first quarter NBA pre-season basketball action in Montreal, Sunday, October 20, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes