The Boston Celtics have a lengthy win streak over the Minnesota Timberwolves in small part because they've limited Kevin Love's scoring when he's been healthy enough to play.
The Celtics might have a more difficult time containing the Timberwolves' All-Star as they attempt to take control of the Atlantic Division on Friday night at the Target Center.
Boston (28-22) has won nine in a row over the Timberwolves (25-27) and could use another victory as it tries to pass Philadelphia in the division. The teams are tied atop the Atlantic with the 76ers playing in Washington on Friday.
The Celtics have won five of six to claim a share of that lead and recorded their third straight win Wednesday, 94-82 against Utah. Former Timberwolves star Kevin Garnett scored 10 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter to help his team pull away after blowing an 18-point advantage.
"We kind of smell the end of the season, with the playoffs coming," said Paul Pierce, who has scored at least 20 points in f...