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Love triple-double lifts Wolves over Jazz 121-104

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 22, 2014 at 11:33 pm •  Published: February 22, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — After Kevin Love hit back-to-back 3-pointers again, Enes Kanter put his hands out to his side and said, "What can I do?"

No one in the NBA seems to have an answer.

Love continued his torrid pace with 37 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his first career triple-double to help the Minnesota Timberwolves cruise past the Utah Jazz 121-104 Saturday night.

"I thought at some point it would happen. I've been very close. Happy it was tonight and more happy we got the win," Love said of achieving the triple-double. "This is one I'll definitely remember."

Minnesota was again playing without starters Nikola Pekovic (ankle) and Kevin Martin (finger), but Love filled the void, keeping one step ahead of the Jazz through the game. He compiled all his statistics in 32 minutes to earn a spot on the bench for the final nine minutes of the Wolves' third runaway win against the Jazz this season.

"Kevin Love was unbelievable. He's incredible," Minnesota coach Rick Adelman said. "To get a triple-double in three quarters, that's pretty darn good."

Ricky Rubio had 15 points, and Corey Brewer and Chase Budinger scored 13 apiece as the Wolves won their third straight for just their third streak of three-plus victories.

"It's fun to play with him," Rubio said of Love.

Kanter couldn't stop Love, but had success against him on the offensive end, scoring 25 points for the Jazz, who dropped their third in a row after a season-best three-game win streak. Kanter didn't get much help.

Trey Burke had 16 points on 7-of-19 shooting and Alec Burks added 15 for the Jazz, who played without starting center Derrick Favors. Utah dropped to 0-9 without the defensive-minded Favors in the lineup and the Jazz allowed the Wolves to shoot 51 percent.

A lot of that also had to do with Love, who often ignited fast breaks with long outlet passes and crafty feeds around the perimeter. When the Jazz didn't run another player at him, Love made a bevy of outside shots as well as his regular quota of post moves and put-backs.

Love was 6 of 10 from beyond the arc and committed just one turnover. He is averaging more than 33 points and 15 rebounds over his last nine contests and this effort marked his fourth straight 30-plus point game, tying Kevin Garnett's franchise record.

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