Kevin Love finished with 32 points and added 11 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a blowout victory over the Denver Nuggets, 117-90. The Timberwolves were on fire in this one, going 45-86 (52.3%) from the field, including 12-26 (46.2%) from three-point range. This snaps a four-game losing streak for Minnesota (25-28).
Love finished 11-20 from the field (6-11 on 3-point attempts) in an efficient offensive performance. Other key players for Minnesota included Corey Brewer with 22 points and 5 steals, and Ricky Rubio with 11 points and 12 assists. Despite the loss, Jordan Hamilton put up 16 points off the bench for Denver on 7-14 shooting, including 2-4 from behind the arc. He also tallied 7 assists, 6 rebounds and 3 steals. J.J. Hickson chipped in 14 points and 13 rebounds and Wilson Chandler finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds.
From a turnover perspective, this one played out like the numbers predicted. Minnesota, ranked second in the NBA at avoiding miscues (TO% of 13.3%) protected the ball well in this game (9.9%). Likewise, the defense of Denver is still struggling to force turnovers, with their opponents surrendering the fourth-fewest in the league this season (14.8%). Along with their eFG% of 59.3%, the Timberwolves connected at a rate of 46.2% from 3-point range. On the season, they are undefeated (4-0) when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Nuggets are winless (0-5) when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
Denver (24-27) has now dropped their last four consecutive games.
Coming up next, the Timberwolves play the Indiana Pacers, who are 40-12 on the year. The Nuggets match up against the Phoenix Suns, currently 30-21 this season. The Timberwolves have a 0-1 record against Indiana this season. The Nuggets have fallen to Phoenix the last three times they have met.