In a complete performance, Kevin Love finished with 19 points and recorded 13 rebounds and 8 assists to help the Minnesota Timberwolves take down the Utah Jazz, 112-97. The Timberwolves played an efficient game offensively, shooting 41-90 (45.6%) from the field and turning it over just eight times. Minnesota (20-21) has now won back-to-back games after defeating Utah Jazz on Saturday.
Love went 7-15 from the field (1-6 on 3-pointers) and 4-5 from the free throw line. Other key performers for Minnesota were Nikola Pekovic with 18 points and 9 rebounds, and Ricky Rubio with 11 points and 13 assists. Gordon Hayward had another strong performance for Utah despite the loss, scoring 27 points on 10-17 shooting (2-5 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 5-6 from the free throw line.
In a matchup between elite defenses, Minnesota reigned supreme. They rank fourth in the NBA in defensive efficiency this season (111.66), and held Utah to just .97 points per possession. After putting up a sparkling assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.88, the Timberwolves are 6-1 on the season when eclipsing 2.50 in this category. However, the Jazz are 1-7 when allowing their opponents to achieve such a lofty ratio.
This drops Utah (14-29) to 0-2 against Minnesota on the year.
Coming up, the Timberwolves play the Golden State Warriors, who are 26-17 on the season. The Jazz go up against the Washington Wizards, currently sitting at 20-20 this year. The Timberwolves are 0-1 versus Golden State this season.