CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Kevin Love had 40 points and 19 rebounds to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves past the Charlotte Bobcats, 88-83 on Wednesday night.
Love scored 14 points in the fourth quarter and the Timberwolves (25-27) led the entire second half to win a game they had to have.
Love entered the game averaging 30.6 points in March. He has scored at least 20 points in 14 of 15 games and has nine straight double-doubles.
Luke Ridnour had a season-high 14 assists and added 15 points for Minnesota, fighting to get into playoff contention in the Western Conference.
Corey Maggette had 22 points, and Kemba Walker added 20 for the Bobcats (7-41), who lost their fifth straight and remain the only NBA team with fewer than 10 wins this season.
The Timberwolves led 68-65 entering the fourth quarter and Love hit back-to-back 3-pointers to quickly push the lead to nine. A short while later, he faked a low post move to the middle and spun past Byron Mullens for an easy basket.