Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/1/12
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Even a sick Kevin Love is hard to stop. An ailing Love and Nikola Pekovic combined for 29 points and 30 rebounds, helping the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 95-85 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night at Target Center. Love scored 15 points and grabbed 14 rebounds while Pekovic added 14 points and 16 rebounds for the Wolves (7-8). Love seemed to avoid the paint, but managed to post his sixth double-double in as many games while playing 32 minutes -- below his average of 36.8 a game. "I thought it was a really solid win," Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman said. "We really defended well all night long. Even when they had their run in the third quarter, we defended well enough to keep the lead and then made some plays in the fourth quarter." Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings led the Bucks (7-7) with 18 points apiece. "We had our issues, but overall we came out in the third quarter and we had a bunch of looks," Bucks coach Scott Skiles said. "We hit the rim, had some layups and some shots in the paint and they just didn't go down for us. We just didn't have enough." Forward Larry Sanders came off the bench to collect a career-high 10 blocked shots and 12 rebounds. "I just tried to protect that rim," Sanders said of the blocks. "I knew they had big bodies, so I tried to avoid contact and get the ball." The Wolves went on an 11-0 run to build a double-digit lead with five minutes remaining. The Bucks pulled to within eight points, but Alexey Shved, who scored 16 points off the bench, hit shot-clocking beating 3-pointer and closed the Bucks out. "He was great," Love said of Shved. "I think he made 4 of 6 from the three-point line. Just made plays for us. Different players on different nights are going to step up and it was Alexey tonight -- and I am happy for him." Wolves Nikola Pekovic was forced to battle the Bucks' front court of Henson, Samuel Dalembert and Larry Sanders, who made five first-quarter blocks. Pekovic recorded 12 points and eight rebounds in the first quarter. The pace slowed down in the second, as the teams tightened their defense. The Wolves, already short-handed in the backcourt with guards Ricky Rubio and Brandon Roy out indefinitely and Malcolm Lee scratched with a sore groin, struggled to score from the outside. The Wolves grabbed a 57-47 halftime lead as Joe Barea hit a 3-pointer at the intermission buzzer. NOTES: Forward Andrei Kirilenko sat out his second consecutive game with back spasms. He expects to be back Tuesday. ... Rubio has begun practicing with the team, but no update was given on when he will play his first game. ... Lee sat out the game with a sore left groin.
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