MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Timberwolves have made the 2013-14 campaign equal parts tantalizing and maddening for their fans.
Wins against Western Conference luminaries have often been followed by setbacks to teams seemingly bound for the next NBA Draft Lottery.
Friday, however, offered a chance for Minnesota to satisfy 16,473 paying customers at the Target Center, and the home team didn't disappoint, in a 120-98 win over Washington.
"It was just a pure team effort tonight," said Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic, after his 18-point, 10-rebound outing.
The Timberwolves (14-15) spent little time toying with their foe in this contest, following Kevin Love's early scoring surge, in which he scored 11 points in barely two minutes midway through the opening quarter. Love ended with a team-high 25 points and 11 rebounds.
"I thought we played well coming out of the gates," Love noted. "It was a good effort."
The hosts committed just four turnovers on the night, connected on 31 of 38 free...