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                 === Love guides Timberwolves past Wizards ===
 
 Minneapolis,  MN  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Kevin  Love  had  25 points  with  11
 rebounds  and  the Minnesota Timberwolves  continued their home dominance over
 the Washington Wizards with a 120-98 win on Friday night.
 
 The  Timberwolves have  taken 11-of-13 against Washington at Target Center and
 the  Wizards haven't won in Minnesota since March 9, 2009, dropping their last
 four games there.
 
 Love's  frontcourt mate,  Nikola Pekovic,  also  had a  double-double with  18
 points and 10 boards.
 
 Every  Minnesota starter scored in double figures with Kevin Martin netting 12
 points,  while Ricky Rubio and Corey Brewer scored 11 and 10, respectively, in
 the win.
 
 John  Wall led all  scorers with 26 points to go along with seven assists, and
 Bradley  Beal  added 14 points  before exiting the  game late with an apparent
 left knee injury.
 
 Trevor  Ariza and  Trevor Booker  each chipped  in with  10 points  apiece for
 Washington, which finished its four-game road trip 3-1.
 
 "We  shot 49  percent," said  Minnesota head  coach Rick  Adelman. "Especially
 after  the start of  the game we were in the 20's there for a while. It's just
 something  we gotta keep working on now that this game is over we gotta figure
 it out tomorrow against Milwaukee."
 
 Washington  led 23-22  after the opening 12 minutes, but Minnesota essentially
 put the game away with a huge second quarter, outscoring the visitors 39-24 in
 the frame.
 
 Martell  Webster hit a jumper to open the scoring for Washington in the second
 and  Pekovic  scored five points  during a 13-1 charge  to help Minnesota to a
 35-26 lead with just under eight minutes left.
 
 The Wolves shot a blistering 60.9 percent from the field in the stanza to take
 a 61-47 lead at the half.
 
 The lead swelled to 20 after Love buried a 3 at the 8:02 mark of the third and
 the  Wizards couldn't  cut the  deficit to  a manageable  number as  Minnesota
 cruised.
 
 "They  were  tougher than we were,"  said Washington head coach Randy Wittman.
 "They pushed us around (and) we had no resistance."
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Jose Juan Barea and Alexey Shved scored 17 and 13, respectively, off the bench
 for Minnesota ... Barea was 8-for-10 from the field ... Nene had 13 points off
 the  pine  for Washington  ... Minnesota's  largest lead was  24 ... The hosts
 committed  just five  turnovers ... The Wizards haven't won four straight away
 from home since the 2007-08 season.
 
 
 12/28 00:17:31 ET