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Updated: October 15th, 2010 9:10pm
Timberwolves beat  Pistons 98-88 in Syracuse, N.Y.

Timberwolves beat Pistons 98-88 in Syracuse, N.Y.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Detroit Pistons 99-88 at the Carrier Dome on Friday in Syracuse, N.Y., to improve to 4-1 this preseason.

The night was a homecoming of sorts for Wesley Johnson">Wesley Johnson, Jonny Flynn and Jason Hart -- who all played their college basketball at the University of Syracuse.

The crowd may have been there to see the former Orangemen play, but the night belonged to Kevin Love.

Love scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds before sitting out most of the second half. He also showed the versatility that makes him such a dangerous weapon for the Wolves, shooting 3-for-3 from behind the arc.

Johnson got the start in front of his home crowd but managed just 4 points on 2-for-6 shooting in 19 minutes.

Jason Hart got subbed in for five minutes during garbage time and did not score a point.  Jonny Flynn did not play because he is still recovering from a hip injury that is expected to keep him out for another few weeks. 

Martell Webster once again made a strong case for himself to be the starting shooting guard in the season opener Oct. 27 against the Scaremnto Kings, scoring 13 points off the bench.    

The Timberwolves shook off a sluggish first quarter in which they trailed by nine points to take a 49-43 lead.

The second-half belonged to the Timberwolves, where they led by as many as 19 at one point in the fourth quarter before a late flurry by the Pistons made the final score look closer than it really was.

The Timberwolves now travel back to the Midwest for a "home" game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Sioux Falls Arena in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 

From there, the Timberwolves head back to the Target Center Tuesday to take on the Indiana Pacers before wrapping up the preseason Saturday, Oct. 22 at Milwaukee.

The regular season opens Wednesday, Oct. 27 against the Sacramento Kings at Target Center.