Kevin Love finished with 37 points, and also added 12 rebounds and 10 assists to register a triple-double while helping the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Utah Jazz, 121-104. The Timberwolves shot really well, finishing 43-84 (51.2%) from the field, including 11-23 (47.8%) from beyond the arc. Minnesota (27-28) is now on a three-game winning streak.
Love finished 11-20 from the field (6-10 on 3-pointers) and 9-10 from the free throw line, in a quality performance offensively. Ricky Rubio also contributed for Minnesota, finishing with 15 points and 7 assists. Enes Kanter had a strong performance for Utah in the loss, scoring 25 points on 11-14 shooting from the field and 3-5 from the free throw line. He also recorded 7 rebounds. Trey Burke added 16 points and 6 assists.
The clash of top-tier defenses was won by Minnesota. They rank fifth in the NBA in defensive efficiency this season (115.80), and held Utah to just 1.05 points per possession. The Timberwolves combined an eFG% of 57.7% with 47.8% 3-point shooting. They are undefeated (5-0) this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Jazz, on the other hand, are 1-8 when allowing opponents to hit those marks.
Utah (19-36) has now lost three straight contests.
Coming up, the Timberwolves take on the Portland Trail Blazers, who are 37-18 on the season. The Jazz go up against the Boston Celtics, currently sitting at 19-37 this year. The Timberwolves came up short against Portland each of the last two times they've met. The Jazz are 0-1 versus Boston this season.
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