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Updated: January 1st, 2011 11:49pm
A rarity: Wolves mix in some defense in win over Nets

A rarity: Wolves mix in some defense in win over Nets

by Phil Mackey
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Not even Kim Kardashian's presence courtside was enough to startle the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night.

The Wolves held an opponent to fewer than 90 points for just the third time all season in a 103-88 win over the New Jersey Nets at Target Center. Kurt Rambis' squad is now 3-0 in such games.

The Nets took a 55-54 lead into halftime but managed to score only nine points in the third quarter as the Wolves began to pull away.

Even though the Wolves have allowed a league-high 108.9 points per game, the 88 points scored by New Jersey comes as little surprise. The Nets entered Saturday night as the second-lowest scoring team in the NBA at 92.3 points per game.

For the Wolves, Kevin Love led all scorers and rebounders with 23 and 10.

Former Gopher and current boyfriend to starlet Kardashian, Kris Humphries, scored 12 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the losing effort.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Kevin Love, Kurt Rambis