This outcome was going to stick with them for a week, no matter what. With the All-Star break looming, the Wolves were going to either relish this — or let it fester — for a while. So it felt good. Facing a Denver team even more banged up than they are, the Wolves took out their frustration over a four-game losing streak in a 117-90 laugher that, for the moment, dropped the pressure in the locker room at least a little bit. “We got off to a good start and never looked back,” said Kevin Love, who got off to a great start himself. Love scored 32 points with 11 rebounds and eight assists, sending himself to All-Star weekend in style. “We needed a game like this.” Love wasn’t alone. Ricky Rubio took a hit — a first-quarter Randy Foye elbow to the chin that took five stitches to close — and kept ticking. He hit his first four shots, finished with 11 points, 12 assists and seven steals, then joked about letting his beard grow even longer to cover the scar. Corey Brewer scored 22, a slew of them on the break, looking like a wideout taking bombs from Love and Rubio. He was leaking out so much that coach Rick Adelman jokingly took issue with the final boxscore that showed Brewer with two rebounds. “We don’t know where he got ’em,” Adelman said. “He was past halfcourt almost the whole game.” It was that kind of night. The Wolves (25-28) pulled into a virtual tie with Denver (24-27) for 10th place in the Western Conference. They held the Nuggets, who lost their fourth consecutive game, to 39.3 percent shooting and shot 52.3 percent themselves. J.J. Barea came off the bench to score 18. Chase Budinger had 12. Center Ronny Turiaf, again playing for the injured Nikola Pekovic, had 11 rebounds, his third consecutive game with 10 or more.
Sore Wolves put the hurt on Denver ahead of All-Star break
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Feb 13