The Wolves returned from their holiday break looking more like the team they want to be, crushing the Washington Wizards 120-98 on Friday at Target Center as they shook off an early deficit and let Wizards guard John Wall do his thing in the first half.

All five starters had scored in double figures by the third quarter. Kevin Love finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds.

Nikola Pekovic had 18 and 10. Ricky Rubio had 11 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. And even J.J. Barea and Alexey Shved combined to score 30 off the bench. The Wolves defeated the Wizards for the fourth straight time at Target Center.

And the foot stayed on the throat this time, as the Wolves eased to a 21-point win. That certainly help shake off their game on Sunday against the Clippers, where they choked away a lead in the last minute.

Everyone was in a bad mood after that game. Head coach Rick Adelman and guard Kevin Martin declined to elaborate on their feelings to avoid getting fined, and Kevin Love indicated that the loss would linger for a while.

But there had to go down just a smooth as their Christmas egg nog as they dominated the Wizards in several categories.