The Minnesota Timberwolves have struggled as of late to hold onto the magic they had earlier in the season. But tonight they managed to find it once again as they beat the Chicago Bulls 95-86.
Kevin Love scored 31 points, had 8 rebounds, 2 assists and went 14-for-14 from the foul line. Ronny Turiaf added 14 points off the bench, which was a season high for him. Reserve Chase Budinger added 12 points.
Turiaf was put in the game after center Nikola Pekovic exited with a sore right Achilles tendon six minutes into the first quarter- Pekovic had one point and one rebound before exiting.
“They really persevere and play hard,” Love said. “They’re ready to go every single night because of their coach and they have players who really want it.”
This snaps a seven-game losing streak to the Bulls.
The Bulls pulled within five with 1:29 left on Augustin’s 3-pointer but got no closer. Love answered with a layup with 1:10 remaining, and Corey Brewer’s dunk gave the Timberwolves an 88-79 lead with 57.4 seconds left.
But The Timberwolves dominated inside early and were up by 11 points in the first quarter before settling for a 23-20 advantage after one quarter. Love made back-to-back layups off feeds from J.J. Barea to open the second quarter and Chase Budinger nailed a 3-pointer to push the margin to 30-20 before Minnesota took a 54-46 lead into the break.