Staring at a 19-point deficit after just one quarter of play, the Minnesota Timberwolves seemed certain to be headed for a loss on Wednesday night. However, the Philadelphia 76ers predictably could not maintain their ridiculous 77 percent shooting from the opening period and gradually saw the lead diminish as the Minnesota front court took over the game en route to a 106-99 victory. And it is hardly a surprise that Kevin Love was the main culprit.
Love came into the night averaging 23.8 points, 13.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists. That level of across-the-board production undoubtedly has the two-time All-Star in the midst of the early-season MVP discussion, and his effort against the 76ers only enhances the resume to this point. Finishing the contest with 26 points and 15 boards, Love was joined by partner in crime Nikola Pekovic in dominating the post throughout the second half of action.
Making a very solid 9-of-15 shots from the field, Pekovic turned in a strong performance of his own. The 27-year-old center from Montenegro dropped in 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds on the way to his 10th double-double of the season.
Recording a season-high 21 points, talented young point guard Ricky Rubio also got in on the act as the Timberwolves made their way back to .500 on the season. Now sitting at 11-11, Love and the rest of the pack will be in search of their third consecutive win as they travel south to Texas for a battle with the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night.