Love's double-double streak continues as Wolves fall in Philadelphia
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The Minnesota Timberwolves gave the Philadelphia 76ers all they could handle Friday night but ultimately came up short in a 111-100 loss.
The Wolves jumped out to a nine-point lead after the first quarter but were outscored 34-18 in the second frame proved to be their undoing.
A Wayne Ellington 19-foot jumper cut the lead to one with 2:47 left but the 76ers went on to score 11 unanswered points to end the game and secure the win.
The Wolves were already working with a short bench due to Martell Webster (back) and Darko Milicic (family issue) missing the road trip and rookie Wesley Johnson coming down with food poisoning certainly didn't help their cause.
Ellington earned his sixth-career start in place of Johnson and managed nine points on a rough 4-of-13 shooting performance in 31 minutes.
Nikola Pekovic got his second straight start in Darko's absence and scored a career-high 16 points after he struggled with foul trouble Wednesday night. Pekovic shot 6-of-8 from the field but only grabbed a single rebound in 14 minutes.
The suddenly-resurgent Jonny Flynn couldn't capitalize on the momentum from Wednesday's career-high 14 assist performance. Flynn finished with six points, four assists and three turnovers in 16 minutes.
Luke Ridnour got the bulk of the run at the point and handed out 10 assists -- his most since Jan. 7 against Portland -- and scored eight points and added two steals.
Anthony Randolph played 26 minute off the bench and added 12 points, two rebounds and four assists. Although it wasn't as impressive as his 19 point, 10 rebound performance Wednesday, Randolph continues to show why Wolves brass had been interested him since last spring just five games into his career in Minnesota.
Kevin Love didn't make Wolves fans sweat out the double-double streak Friday, securing his 49th consecutive double-dip by halftime en route a 21 point, 23 rebound performance, his 10th 20/20 game of the season. Love is now just two double-doubles way from tying Moses Malone for the most since the NBA/ABA merger.
If Love can manage a double-double against the lowly Washington Wizards Saturday he will have an opportunity to tie the record Monday at home against Dallas and pass it Wednesday against Indiana.