You know there had to be at least a few hundred Celtics fans at the Target Center on Monday night who thought this was all some really cruel April Fool's joke.

No Rajon Rondo because of an injury.

No Kevin Garnett because of an injury, but not as serious as Rondo's season-ending torn right ACL.

And no Paul Pierce who was not with the team while attending to a personal matter.

No, this was no prank as the Celtics were as star-deficient as they have been all season.

And it showed most of the game as Minnesota (27-46) handed the Celtics a 110-100 defeat.

Boston (38-36) has now lost two in a row and seven of their last nine games.

For the Timberwolves, it snapped an 11-game losing streak to the C's with Boston's last loss to Minnesota coming on Feb. 11, 2007 on the Target Center floor.

After a floater in the lane by Jason Terry cut Minnesota's lead to 87-82 in the fourth, the Timberwolves scored nine straight to regain control of the game with their lead never in doubt afterward.

The first quarter got off to a nice start for Boston which opened with a 9-4 run. But the Timberwolves countered by taking advantage of the Celtics' biggest weakness these days - shoddy interior defense.

Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic was a dominate, overpowering force for the Timberwolves as he scored 21 of his game-high 29 points in the first half to lift the T-Wolves to a 57-52 lead.