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Kevin Love had 24 points and eight rebounds and Brandon Roy chipped in 19 points in Minnesota's 114-81 victory over Maccabi Haifa on Tuesday night.
Andrei Kirilenko had 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists after sitting out the previous game with a sore hamstring. Love also missed the previous game with a sore right elbow, but showed no ill effects on Tuesday.
Pat Calathes had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Paul Stoll scored 17 for Haifa, a visiting team from Israel that came to the United States for two exhibitions. The Greens lost to Golden State on Thursday night.
The Timberwolves shot 42 free throws to Haifa's 10.
With a healthy Love and Kirilenko, Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman wanted to start looking at combinations that will be used extensively early in the season. The Timberwolves have six new players who figure to play major minutes this season, and Adelman gave them plenty of playing time on Tuesday night.
The talent disparity turned the game into a glorified practice for the Wolves, which is just what they needed. Love, Kirilenko, Roy and Nikola Pekovic all played at least 25 minutes, with starting point guard Luke Ridnour playing 21 while he works his way back from a back injury that limited his ability to practice in training camp.
Kirilenko's presence was immediate, infusing the starting group with deft passing and defensive tenacity that the Wolves will sorely need with Ricky Rubio expected miss at least the first six weeks while recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee.
Dante Cunningham scored 11 points and JJ Barea added 11 point and seven assists off the bench for the Wolves, who made so many moves in the offseason to create a deeper team that might be able to weather the early portion of the season without Rubio.
The key will be Roy, who is coming back after missing last season with chronic knee problems. He had a procedure this summer to try to relieve the bone-on-bone pain and signed with the Timberwolves in September after feeling much better in workouts.
The former All-Star still winces when he's knocked to the floor, but he's been nothing but efficient and smooth offensively in the early going for the Wolves. Roy was 4 for 8 from the field, including 2 for 2 on 3s, hit nine of his 10 free throws and grabbed four boards as well in 25 minutes.
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SOME LOVE LOST
Terrible news for the T'Wolves and their fans, as it was announced on Wednesday that their star broke a bone in his hand at practice and could miss up to two months.
After a preseason game in when Kevin Love had a sick no look pass unfortunate for him the next day in practice he got hurt and will be out for 6 to 8 weeks. However, the day before in Minnesota’s 114-81 win over Maccabi Haifa Love showed off his basketball skills.
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A THING OF BEAUTY
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