Love, Wolves sink Pistons
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Kevin Love had 20 points and 20 rebounds, and Minnesota's bench also provided a big boost in the Timberwolves' 116-105 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.
Anthony Randolph scored 19 points, one of three reserves in double figures for Minnesota. Lazar Hayward scored a career-high 16 points and Anthony Tolliver added 13.
Love's double-double was his 48th in a row, the longest streak since Moses Malone's 51 straight games in 1978-79. Love appeared to hurt his right thigh while scoring on a fast break with 5:54 remaining, but he was able to play on.
The Timberwolves have won three of their last five road games after a 2-23 start away from home.
Austin Daye scored a career-high 22 points for the Pistons.
Minnesota led 93-89 early in the fourth quarter before scoring seven straight points to pull away. Jonny Flynn, another backup, scored on an easy drive to the basket, then made a nice pass to Hayward inside for two more points. Hayward then made three free throws to make it 100-89.
Love came off the court later in the quarter pointing to his thigh, but after having it iced during a timeout, he was able to go to the free throw line and complete a three-point play to make it 105-91.
Detroit's Richard Hamilton played for the first time at home since Jan. 8. Hamilton has played in back-to-back games since he and coach John Kuester said Monday they had met to try to improve their relationship.
Hamilton scored 11 points.
Flynn finished with eight points and 14 assists, and Minnesota shot 53 percent from the field. The Pistons kept up for a while but settled for outside shots late in the game. Detroit finished 5 of 25 from 3-point range and missed all nine of its attempts from long range in the fourth quarter.
The Pistons were hoping to regroup from recent turmoil involving Hamilton and make a playoff push, but they lost at Milwaukee on Tuesday night and then were beaten handily by Minnesota. Detroit is still without Tayshaun Prince, who has a bad back, and Tracy McGrady, who's been benched.