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Love, Timberwolves roll past Bucks

The Sports Xchange

MILWAUKEE — Forward Kevin Love scored 33 points as the Minnesota Timberwolves rolled to a 117-95 over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

In 35 minutes, Love went 11 of 17 from the field, made 4 of 6 3-pointers and pulled down 14 rebounds to go along with six assists. He paced a Timberwolves offense that shot 48 percent from the field and was 11 of 24 from beyond the arc.

Along with Love, Kevin Martin had a big night for the Timberwolves (15-15), finishing with 20 points. Center Nikola Pekovic had 19 points and 11 rebounds and forward Corey Brewer added 12 points.

Forward Khris Middleton led Milwaukee (6-24) with 23 points and nine rebounds. Guard O.J. Mayo had 19 points off the bench and point guard Brandon Knight finished with 18 points and five assists.

The Bucks (6-24) shot well early but had problems holding on to the ball. Milwaukee’s 16 turnovers led to 25 points for Minnesota.

Milwaukee shot 56 percent from the field in the first half but turned the ball over nine times for 14 Minnesota points and struggled to contain the Timberwolves inside, where Love scored 18 on 7-of-11 shooting from the field (3 of 4 3-pointers) as Minnesota went ahead by as many a 14 points and led 64-55 going into the break.

The Timberwolves opened the second half on a 14-0 run to boost the lead to 78-55.