Wolves destroy Pacers in return from break


The Minnesota Timberwolves returned from the All-Star break with a badly needed win. The Wolves beat the Indiana Pacers 104-91 on Wednesday night, at Target Center.

The win was vital for the Wolves (26-28), now just two games under .500. They embark on a five-game road trip playing at Utah, Portland, Phoenix, Sacramento and Denver before returning home.

The Wolves were led by a huge night from Kevin Love. Love finished with 42 points and 16 rebounds. He had already recorded his NBA-leading 45th double-double before halftime.

The Wolves superstar responded with a huge game in the face of constant trade rumors circulating around Love with Thursday afternoon's NBA trade deadline looming.

He recently told GQ Magazine that the Wolves have a better team and a better foundation than the Lakers, who he has reportedly been interested in.

Corey Brewer and J.J. Barea were in double figures with 12 points. Ronny Turiaf had 11 and Dante Cunningham added 10.

It was a good night for Ricky Rubio as well. The Wolves point guard dished out a game-high 17 assists. He also grabbed seven boards and finished with six points.

The Wolves got out to a quick start, simply running the Pacers off the floor in the first quarter. The Wolves outscored the Pacers in the first 30-18 and built the lead to 52-39 at the half.

With Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Martin already out, the one thing the Wolves didn't need was another injury. But Turiaf left the game with a knee injury, according to the Pioneer Press. He did not return.

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