Wolves Back Above .500

Thursday, January 30th, 2014 at 7:18 am

Finally, the Timberwolves are back above .500. The Wolves haven’t had a winning record since November and are now 23-22 after beating the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night 88-77. Kevin Love had 30 points and 14 rebounds and Kevin Martin added 18 points and six rebounds in the win. The Wolves were without center Nikola Pekovic but the Pelicans were without star forward Anthony Davis.

In what was really an ugly game for both teams, the Pelicans managed to hang around and trailed by just five heading into the fourth. But Love, who played the entire second half, scored six straight points during an 8-0 burst to open the quarter and help the Wolves win for the fifth time in six games.

The wolves were 0-8 in their last 8 games when they had a chance to get above .500, so the win, especially without Pekovic, is a good sign. They’ll host Memphis tomorrow night and are currently two games out of the final playoff spot in the West. Memphis is also 1 1/2 games ahead of Minnesota in the standings so Friday’s game will be a big one.

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