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Martin and Love combine for 63, Timberwolves beat Lakers

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Kevin Martin put up 32 points to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, 109-99. Minnesota (24-24) picked up the win after falling to the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday.

Martin went 13-26 from the field, including 4-6 on 3-point attempts. Kevin Love contributed 31 points and 17 rebounds for Minnesota as well. On 4-12 shooting (3-7 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 13-14 from the free throw line, Nick Young scored 24 points off the bench for Los Angeles in the loss. Wesley Johnson added 15 points and 9 rebounds.

As expected, the edge on the defensive glass went to the Timberwolves (85.7% DR%), who took advantage of the Lakers 27th-ranked offensive rebounding (21.4% OR% on the season). Meanwhile, the Timberwolves rank fifth in the NBA at collecting defensive rebounds with a DR% of 76.1%.

Los Angeles (16-32) has now dropped their last seven straight games.

Coming up, the Timberwolves square off against the Oklahoma City Thunder, who are 39-11 on the season. The Lakers meet the Cleveland Cavaliers, currently sitting at 16-32 this year. The Timberwolves came up short against Oklahoma City each of the last two times they've met. The Lakers are 0-1 versus Cleveland this season.


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