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The Sports Xchange, Published December 10 2013

Love leads Wolves to win at Detroit

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Power forward Kevin Love piled up 26 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists in 30 minutes as the Minnesota Timberwolves pounded the Detroit Pistons 121-94 on Tuesday night at The Palace.

Love, who missed the Timberwolves’ 103-82 loss to Miami on Saturday because of his grandmother’s death, sat out the fourth quarter of the blowout. Shooting guard Kevin Martin and center Nikola Pekovic supplied 18 points apiece for Minnesota (10-11), which has won seven straight against Detroit. Point guard Ricky Rubio contributed 15 points and nine assists.

The Timberwolves, who outscored Detroit 28-8 at the foul line and forced 20 turnovers, lost five of their last six coming into the game.

Point guard Brandon Jennings led the Pistons (10-12), who gave up a season high in points while losing their second straight, with 20 points and seven assists. Small forward Josh Smith added 17 points, but just one after the break and rookie guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had a career-high 16 points.

Pistons guard Chauncey Billups returned after a 14-game absence and chipped in seven points and five assists off the bench. Billups was sidelined with left knee tendinitis.

Martin scored 10 points during a 21-5 Timberwolves’ run in the second quarter that gave them a 62-47 lead. They were still up by 13, 64-51, at halftime.

Detroit never mounted a threat in the second half, trailing by double digits throughout.

Love, who had 19 points and 11 rebounds in the first half, kept the Timberwolves rolling by finding Rubio for a 3-pointer.

Minnesota 33 31 32 25 — 121

Detroit 32 19 26 17 — 94

MINNESOTA (121)

Pekovic 7-14 4-6 18, Kv.Martin 5-9 5-5 18, Love 6-15 10-10 26, Rubio 5-9 4-4 15, C.Brewer 5-10 0-0 11, D.Cunningham 3-6 0-0 6, Shved 0-3 2-2 2, Barea 4-8 1-2 10, Mbah a Moute 0-1 0-2 0, Hummel 4-6 0-0 8, A.Price 2-3 0-0 5, Muhammad 0-0 2-2 2, Dieng 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 41-85 28-33 121.

DETROIT (94)

Jo.Smith 7-14 2-4 17, Caldwell-Pope 7-14 0-0 16, Jennings 8-16 2-5 20, Drummond 4-9 0-1 8, Monroe 5-7 0-0 10, Jerebko 2-3 1-2 5, Billups 2-7 2-2 7, Harrellson 2-4 0-0 4, Singler 0-0 0-0 0, Mitchell 1-1 1-2 4, Villanueva 1-2 0-0 3, Siva 0-0 0-0 0, Datome 0-6 0-0 0. Totals 39-83 8-16 94.

3-Point Goals: Minnesota 11-24 (Love 4-6, Kv.Martin 3-5, A.Price 1-2, Rubio 1-2, Barea 1-3, C.Brewer 1-5, Shved 0-1), Detroit 8-28 (Caldwell-Pope 2-6, Jennings 2-7, Mitchell 1-1, Villanueva 1-2, Billups 1-3, Jo.Smith 1-5, Datome 0-2, Harrellson 0-2). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Minnesota 56 (Love 16), Detroit 45 (Drummond 8). Assists: Minnesota 31 (Rubio 9), Detroit 22 (Jennings 7). Total Fouls: Minnesota 16 (Rubio, D.Cunningham 3), Detroit 24 (Singler 4). A—11,251.