Love and 3s help Timberwolves rout Bucks 117-95

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 28, 2013 at 11:26 pm •  Published: December 28, 2013
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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Kevin Love had both feet soaking in a bucket of cold water and ice packs wrapped around his knees. A knee to the thigh might have stung him the most, but his sixth straight double-double made up for the brief burst of pain.

Love had 33 points and 15 rebounds, Nikola Pekovic added 19 points and 11 boards, and the Minnesota Timberwolves climbed back to .500 by routing the Milwaukee Bucks 117-95 on Saturday night.

"I'll be good to go. Once they called a timeout and worked on it, it was fine," Love said.

Good thing for Minnesota (15-15), which won its second straight game behind another stellar outing from Love.

"He wakes up getting double-doubles," said teammate Kevin Martin, who had 20 points.

Love hit four of Minnesota's 11 3-pointers and the Timberwolves pulled away with a 14-0 run to start the second half. Perimeter defense was once again a huge problem for the Bucks, who have allowed opponents to hit at least 10 3s in seven consecutive games.

Khris Middleton scored 23 points on 10-of-20 shooting for the Bucks, who fell to an NBA-worst 6-24. Larry Sanders had nine points and 10 rebounds in 33 minutes, his first start since missing seven weeks following right thumb surgery.

"We were just kind of deflated. We didn't get our momentum back," Sanders said. "We got a little in the first half, lost it for a second, and just never got it back. That's the story of the game."

Minnesota had an easy time snapping a three-game losing streak away from home. Martin smiled after his shot from the wing bounced on the rim a couple of times before falling through the net for a 24-point lead with 4:32 left in the third quarter.

The Timberwolves led by as many as 31 before the Bucks mounted a late charge. It was nerve-racking enough that coach Rick Adelman put Love back on the floor late to ensure the Bucks didn't complete an improbable comeback.

If there was anything for Adelman to worry about from this blowout heading into a three-game stretch at home, it was the play of his bench late.

"When they go in, no matter what the score is, they have to play like the game is on the line," he said.



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