Kevin Love put up his 31st double-double this season, scoring 19 points and registering 14 rebounds, to help the Minnesota Timberwolves crush the Charlotte Bobcats, 119-92. The Timberwolves took quality shots in this one, going 48-88 (54.5%) from the field, including 9-19 (47.4%) from three-point range. Minnesota (18-18) gets one in the win column after losing to Phoenix on Wednesday.
Love finished 6-10 from the field (2-4 on 3-pointers) and 5-7 from the free throw line, in an efficient offensive performance. Nikola Pekovic chipped in 26 points and 6 rebounds for Minnesota as well. Despite the loss, Anthony Tolliver put up 21 points off the bench for Charlotte on 8-9 shooting, including 5-5 from behind the arc.
As expected, the Bobcats offense did not have its best game, struggling to score against the elite Timberwolves defense that ranks third in the league with a defensive efficiency of 107.0. They registered just .940 points per possession in this game, and rank 28th in the NBA with an offensive efficiency of 96.7 on the season. Along with their eFG% of 59.7%, the Timberwolves connected at a rate of 47.4% from 3-point range. On the season, they are undefeated (3-0) when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Bobcats are winless (0-3) when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
Charlotte (15-22) has now dropped consecutive games after losing to Washington on Tuesday.
Coming up, the Timberwolves play the San Antonio Spurs, who are 28-8 on the season. The Bobcats go up against the Chicago Bulls, currently sitting at 16-18 this year. The Timberwolves have a 0-1 record against San Antonio this season. The Bobcats have a 0-1 record against Chicago this season.