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Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love shoots between Boston Celtics forward Kris Humphries, left, and guard Jordan Crawford during the first quarter Monday at TD Garden in Boston. Associated Press

Celtics topple Wolves

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By Mike Shalin, Reuters

BOSTON — The surprising first-place Boston Celtics moved closer to the .500 mark by pulling out a 101-97 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.

The win, Boston’s second straight and eighth in the past 12 games, raised the Celtics, a team that was expected to be fighting for a lottery spot, to 12-14 on the season.

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