Kevin Love put up 42 points and recorded 16 rebounds to help the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Indiana Pacers, 104-91. Minnesota (26-28) has now won back-to-back games after defeating Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.
Love went 14-22 from the field (5-10 on 3-pointers) and 9-10 from the free throw line, in a quality offensive outing. Dante Cunningham also contributed for Minnesota, finishing with 10 points and 7 rebounds. Paul George had another quality performance for Indiana despite the loss, scoring 35 points on 11-22 shooting (3-6 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 10-10 from the free throw line. He also registered 11 rebounds. George Hill added 13 points and 6 rebounds and Lance Stephenson finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Pacers posted an eFG% of just 43.7%, including 27.3% from 3-point range. This year, they are 3-4 when they record marks below 45% and 30% in those respective categories. On the other hand, the Timberwolves are undefeated (5-0) when holding their opponents to such low percentages.
This drops Indiana (41-13) to 1-1 against Minnesota on the year.
Coming up, the Timberwolves square off with the Utah Jazz, who are 19-33 on the season. The Pacers meet the Milwaukee Bucks, currently sitting at 10-43 this year. The Timberwolves emerged victorious each of the last two times against Utah. The Pacers have a 1-0 record against Milwaukee this season.