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News » Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-12-08

Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-12-08

Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-12-08Through it all, a 1-15 beginning that set a franchise record for worst season start and threatened another for longest losing streak, Wolves coach Kurt Rambis and basketball operations president David Kahn vowed they'd do nothing rash until Kevin Love returned from injury and Al Jefferson came back to full health.

They're starting to get their first glimpses.

On Saturday, with Love in his second game back after a fractured left hand sidelined him for seven weeks, the Wolves ran the Utah Jazz out of Target Center in the second half of a 108-101 victory, their second in four games after that 1-15 start.

Love delivered his second double-double -- this one 18 points and 10 rebounds -- in as many nights, and the Wolves for at least a couple of quarters played the way Kahn promises all summer they would: They ran.

They shot a very uncharacteristic 61.5 percent after halftime and a season-best 57.1 percent for the game, thanks mostly to a 17-0 advantage in fast-break points.

"It's a lot of fun," said forward Ryan Gomes, who made nine of 10 shots for a 23-point performance that was his third 20-point game in the last four. "When you're on the playground or at home in the summer, you don't want to run plays. You want to run in transition. That's what we love to do."

Love already is showing an influence with rebounding, defense and his unique outlet-passing ability that is getting his team inspired to run. Included Saturday was a snapped 50-foot pass that hit Damien Wilkins in stride for a dunk.

"That's Kevin Love at his best," Wilkins said. "Once he gets the rebound, we're just conditioned to take off. Nine times out of 10, he's going to put it on a dime."

The Wolves got one win in the season's first 32 days. Now, they've won twice in six days.

"We're starting to play really well," Love said. "Hopefully by January 1, we'll really be rolling."

WOLVES 108, JAZZ 101: Seven Timberwolves played scored in double figures, and the home team ended Utah's four-game winning streak with an unusually confident performance that ended Minnesota's nine-game losing streak at Target Center.

The Wolves erased most of Utah's 14-point, second-quarter lead with an 11-0 run that finished the first half.

They ended the game by scoring on 12 of their final 13 possessions to send the Target Center crowd home happy for the first time since they last won there on opening night over New Jersey.

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