Salt Lake City, UT, United States (4E Sports) – Kevin Love had 19 points and 13 rebounds for his 35th triple double and his 4,000th career rebound to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves in whipping Utah Jazz 112 – 97 Tuesday at EnergySolutions Arena.
Averaging 25.1 points, 13 rebounds, 2.4 treys and 4 assists per game, he got a lot of help from teammates in this one.
The Wolves had six players in double figures that also included Corey Brewer with 19 points, Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic who added 18 points each, J.J. Barea who scored 15 and Ricky Rubio who had 11 points and 13 assists.
Minnesota’s plan to was get the ball to Love and Nikola Pekovic.
Love responded by hitting 6 of 9 two-point field goal attempts, but was only 1 of 6 from beyondd the arc.
”We knew we had the advantage against them inside. After last game, we wanted to keep doing that. We had a nice balance of looking at those two guys, plus getting other open looks,” said Wolves coach Rick Adelman.
“Tonight was a pure team effort,” Pekovic noted. “We are all good friends between us. On the good nights everything is fine, of course.”
The Wolves had a 17-2 to take a 30-12 lead in the first quarter.
Gordon Hayward’s 3-pointer drew the Jazz 58-47, but the Woves responded with a 10-0 surge that ended with Martin’s three-point play.
Hayward led the Jazz with 27 points, but he was the only starter in double figures. Alec Burks added 18 points.
Love, in his sixth season and the second of a four-year extension, has yet to make the playoffs in Minnesota.
The Wolves inability to win close games isn’t sitting well with Love who becomes a free agent next season.
The Lakers, Knicks, Celtics and Bulls are being mentioned as potential suitors.