Kevin Love put up 26 points and registered 15 rebounds, his 20th double-double of the season, to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, 106-99. Minnesota (11-11) has now won back-to-back games after defeating Detroit Pistons on Tuesday.
Love went 9-21 (1-6 from three-point range) and 7-8 from the free throw line. Other top performers for Minnesota were Ricky Rubio with 21 points and 7 assists, and Nikola Pekovic with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Despite the loss, Spencer Hawes scored 20 points for Philadelphia on 7-12 shooting, including 4-5 from behind the arc. James Anderson chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds and Evan Turner finished with 13 points and 8 rebounds.
The 76ers dished out 22 assists versus 26 turnovers, a ratio of just .85. They are 1-4 on the season when committing more errors than assists in a game. The Timberwolves, on the other hand, are 4-2 when forcing opponents beneath 1.00 in assist-to-turnover ratio.
Philadelphia (7-16) has now dropped their last four straight contests.
Coming up next, the Timberwolves battle the San Antonio Spurs, who are 17-4 on the year. The 76ers match up against the Toronto Raptors, currently 7-13 this season. The 76ers are 0-1 versus Toronto this season.