=== 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
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
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
"They were tougher than we were," said Washington head coach Randy Wittman.
"They pushed us around (and) we had no resistance."
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