Kevin Love posted his 26th double-double this season, scoring 25 points and registering 11 rebounds, to help the Minnesota Timberwolves dominate the Washington Wizards, 120-98. The Timberwolves shot 42-85 (49.4%) from the field and turned it over on only four possessions. Minnesota (14-15) picked up the win after falling to Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.
Love shot 8-18 from the field (2-7 on 3-pointers) and 7-7 from the free throw line. Other key performers for Minnesota were Nikola Pekovic with 18 points and 10 rebounds, Alexey Shved with 13 points and 5 rebounds, and Ricky Rubio with 11 points and 9 assists. John Wall had another big game for Washington despite the loss, scoring 26 points on 11-20 shooting, including 1-4 from behind the arc. He also added 7 assists. Nene Hilario chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds and Trevor Booker finished with 10 points and 9 rebounds.
In a matchup between elite defenses, Minnesota reigned supreme. They rank fifth in the NBA in defensive efficiency this season (104.74), and held Washington to just 1.05 points per possession. The Timberwolves posted a sterling assist-to-turnover ratio of 5.00. This year, they are 5-1 when they exceed 2.50 in this metric. Conversely, the Wizards are 1-2 when allowing their opponents to achieve such a stellar ratio.
This defeat means an end to a three-game winning streak for Washington, pushing their record to 12-14 for the year.
Coming up next, the Timberwolves take on the Milwaukee Bucks, who are 6-23 on the year. The Wizards go up against the Detroit Pistons, currently 14-17 this season. The Wizards have a 0-1 record against Detroit this season.