Kevin Love registered his 13th double-double this season, scoring 17 points and registering 16 rebounds, to help the Minnesota Timberwolves easily get past the Brooklyn Nets, 111-81. The Timberwolves put together a very efficient performance, turning it over on only 8 possessions while totaling 28 assists. Minnesota (8-6) picked up the win after falling to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.
Love went 5-11 from the field and 7-7 from the free throw line. Other top performers for Minnesota were Nikola Pekovic with 15 points and 7 rebounds, and Ricky Rubio with 12 points and 8 assists. On 7-14 shooting, Andray Blatche scored 16 points off the bench for Brooklyn in the loss.
Minnesota avoided turning the ball over, even against a Brooklyn defense that forces the league's third-most turnovers (opponents' TO% of 173.9%). The Timberwolves finished this game with a TO% of 8.1%, and commit the third-fewest miscues in the NBA (TO% of 13.7%) thus far this season. After putting up a sparkling assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.50, the Timberwolves are undefeated (2-0) on the season when eclipsing 2.50 in this category. However, the Nets are winless (0-2) when allowing their opponents to achieve such a lofty ratio.
Brooklyn (3-9) has now dropped their last 4 straight.
Coming up, the Timberwolves square off against the Houston Rockets, who are 8-5 on the season. The Nets meet the Detroit Pistons, currently sitting at 4-8 this year.