Kevin Love posts double-double, Timberwolves dismantle Pistons
Kevin Love finished with 26 points and recorded 16 rebounds and 7 assists in a complete effort to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a blowout victory over the Detroit Pistons, 121-94. The Timberwolves shot really well in this one, going 41-85 (48.2%) from the field, including 11-24 (45.8%) from three-point range. Minnesota (10-11) has won just three of their last 10 games.
Love shot 6-15 from the field (4-6 on 3-pointers) and 10-10 from the free throw line. Minnesota also got solid performances from Nikola Pekovic with 18 points and 5 rebounds, Ricky Rubio with 15 points and 9 assists, and J.J. Barea with 10 points and 6 assists. On 8-16 shooting (2-7 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 2-5 from the free throw line, Brandon Jennings scored 20 points for Detroit in the loss. He also recorded 7 assists.
Minnesota avoided turning the ball over, even against a Detroit defense that forces the league's fourth-most turnovers (opponents' TO% of 21.4%). The Timberwolves finished this game with a TO% of 12.1%, and commit the fifth-fewest miscues in the NBA (TO% of 13.9%) thus far this season. The Timberwolves posted a sterling assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.58. This year, they are undefeated (3-0) when they exceed 2.50 in this metric. Conversely, the Pistons are winless (0-2) when allowing their opponents to achieve such a stellar ratio.
Detroit (10-12) has now lost back-to-back games after falling to Miami on Sunday.
Coming up next, the Timberwolves square off against the Philadelphia 76ers, who are 7-15 on the year. The Pistons match up against the New Orleans Pelicans, currently 9-10 this season.