Trans. Mar 9 6:43 ET (Mar 9 6:43 ET ) MINNEAPOLIS -- Against a deeper, more athletic and seeming better-motivated Toronto team, the Minnesota Timberwolves' playoff hopes continued to fade after the Raptors' 111-104 victory Sunday night at Target Center. With guard Kyle Lowry getting a triple double (20 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists), with six Raptors scoring 12 or more points, with Toronto hitting on 14 of 24 3-pointers -- many of them uncontested -- Toronto continued its mastery of the Wolves with its sixth straight victory over Minnesota and its 18th in the last 19 games. The Timberwolves got 26 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists from forward Kevin Love. But shaky team defense doomed the Wolves (31-31) to their second loss in three games, both at home.
Kevin Love came just shy of a triple-double on Sunday, posting 26 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in a disappointing home loss to the Raptors.
The Scoop:The Wolves had won seven of their past nine games, but they've now lost two of their past three games at home and their playoff odds are dwindling by the day. Sketchy defense has been the primary culprit but Love's fantasy owners won't complain, as he continues to post monster numbers on a nightly basis (averaging 25.5 points, 2.5 threes, 12.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.5 steals in March).
Kevin Love finished with 28 points and notched 14 rebounds, his 51st double-double of the season, to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a victory over the Detroit Pistons, 114-101. The Timberwolves picked up the victory due in large part to their efficiency handling the basketball, accumulating 25 assists and turning it over only 10 times. Minnesota (31-30) has now won seven of their last 10 games. Other top contributors for Minnesota included Nikola Pekovic with 17 points and 9 rebounds, and Ricky Rubio with 11 points and 9 assists.
The Pistons forgot to cover Kevin Love quite a bit on Friday night and allowed him to score 28 points with 14 boards, five assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes.
The Scoop:Greg Monroe was not used to defending so far from the basket and the Pistons had some very late rotations to give Love lots of open looks. Love was in a bit of a slump over his last four and failed to clear 48 percent from the field, so he his 10-of-18 from the field tonight had to feel good. The Raptors will have a very tough time defending Love on Sunday night at Target Center.
Two days after an inexcusable home loss to the slumping Knicks, the Wolves came out on fire Friday, taking a big early lead en route to a 114-101 victory over the Detroit Pistons at Target Center that kept them five games out of eighth place in the Western Conference. "We learned from the other night," said guard Kevin Martin, who scored 11 of his 24 points in the first quarter as the Wolves jumped out to an 18 point lead. The Wolves came out flat, allowed the Knicks to find a rhythm and never really found one themselves. Martin and forward Kevin Love - who scored 14 of his 28 points in the first 12 minutes - pushed the Wolves to an early 21-4 run that turned a one-point Wolves lead into an 18-point bulge.
The Minnesota Timberwolves can't afford any more lazy starts like the one that got them beat two nights ago. The Detroit Pistons are in the same boat. Kevin Love had 28 points, 14 rebounds and five assists, and the Timberwolves led by 31 points in the third quarter en route to a 114-101 victory over the Pistons on Friday night. Kevin Martin scored 24 points and Ricky Rubio added 11 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for the Timberwolves, who trail the Dallas Mavericks by five games for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West with 21 games to go.
Kevin Love had 28 points, 14 rebounds and five assists, and the Minnesota Timberwolves outlasted the Detroit Pistons for a 114-101 victory Friday night. Kevin Martin scored 24 points and Ricky Rubio added 11 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for the Timberwolves, who are trying to mount a push for the Western Conference playoffs. Greg Monroe had 20 points and 15 rebounds, and Will Bynum scored all 17 of his points in the fourth quarter for the Pistons. But Detroit shot 40 percent and lost for the ninth time in 11 games.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Two days after perhaps their most disappointing loss of the season, the Minnesota Timberwolves rebounded with a run-away 114-101 victory over visiting the Detroit Pistons at Target Center on Friday. Forward Kevin Love had 28 points and 14 rebounds and guard Kevin Martin added 24 points for the Wolves, who used a big first-quarter run to take control of the game. The Wolves (31-30) kept their Western Conference playoff hopes alive with the win, their seventh in nine games. Minnesota also got 17 points from center Nikola Pekovic and 11 points, nine assists and eight rebounds from point guard Ricky Rubio.
After finishing his usual routine of launching extra jumpers following the Bulls morning shootaround at the United Center, Joakim Noah showcased the same feel for the assembled media that he displays on the court for his teammates moving without the ball. The All-Star center wasnt referring to his sprained right thumb though that was an important question: Noah will play through the injury in Friday nights matchup against the Grizzlies. He was talking about the report that he talked to Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony about coming to the Bulls as a free agent when the two players were in New Orleans for All-Star weekend last month. CSNChicago.com confirmed that ESPNs report that Noah did discuss the prospect of Anthony relocating from New York to Chicago, but a league source said that Anthony subsequently had a conversation with Timberwolves All-Star power forward Kevin Love, a oft-rumored Knicks free-agency target in 2015.
An ESPN report saying that Bulls center Joakim Noah approached Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony, a potential free agent in the offseason, about playing in Chicago while the pair were in New Orleans during the NBAs All-Star weekend last month is accurate, according to a league source. But that same source told CSNChicago.com that Anthony himself engaged the likes of Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love, a potential free agent in 2015 and rumored New York target. Given Anthonys comments about being frustrated after last Sundays Knicks loss to the Bulls at the United Center, a defeat the All Star also called embarrassing, its understandable that speculation about the superstar coming to the Windy City has already kicked into high gear. The Bulls, albeit snake-bitten in the last few seasons, have won the respect of the entire league due to their style of play, coaching and blue-collar cast of characters, and Anthony would seemingly be the perfect fit as a dynamic scorer on a team that lacks that aspect of the game, even when Rose is at his best and healthiest.
The Scoop: None.
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