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Love, T’wolves topple Kings

Sacramento Kings forward Jason Thompson, right, drives against Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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SACRAMENTO — Kevin Love had 23 points and an NBA season-high 24 rebounds to help the Minnesota Timberwolves stop a five-game losing streak by beating the Sacramento Kings 97-89 on Tuesday night.

Love, who missed the first nine games of the season with a broken right hand, was a force inside all night for the Timberwolves, who took the lead late in the first quarter and never trailed again.

Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins each scored 20 points for the Kings. Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Thornton both had 12.



Luke Ridnour scored 18 and Nikola Pekovic had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Timberwolves, who had fallen into a tailspin after starting the season 5-2. Andrei Kirilenko had 14 points and Malcolm Lee added 10.

Two free throws by Cousins pulled Sacramento to 91-89 with just under 3 minutes left. But Pekovic got free for a layup and Love threw up an off-balance shot that went in, giving the Timberwolves a 95-89 lead with 27 seconds remaining.




A tip-in by Love with 3:12 left in the game was his 24th rebound. Anderson Varejao of Cleveland had the previous high this season with 23 rebounds.


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