Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE
Kevin Love in the Minnesota Timberwolves broke a five-game losing streak on Tuesday night by beating the Sacramento Kings, but they lost again on Wednesday night as Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers were just too much to handle.
Minnesota Timberwolves star forward Kevin Love return to the lineup on Nov. 21, right before the team started a four-game West Coast road trip. Unfortunately for him and Minnesota, the Wolves dropped to 1-4 over their last five games when they fell to Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night. Minnesota played a relatively soft set of opponents on their trip - Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Clippers - but they emerged from the journey with only one win, which came on Tuesday night against the Kings.
Love has been terrific, however. He has recorded a double-double in each game, but his least efficient shooting performance and is most unimpressive rebounding effort both came on Wednesday night against the Clippers in a 101-95 loss. The talented forward finished with 19 points on 3-of-12 shooting, including a 12-of-16 mark from the free throw line, and he also pulled down 12 rebounds. Those outputs are both below Love's gaudy averages for 2012; 23.0 points per game and 15.6 rebounds.
in other action around the league on Wednesday night, the Detroit Pistons pulled off a 40-point blowout win over the Phoenix Suns, while the Washington Wizards (1-12) earned their first victory of the season by knocking off the Portland Trail Blazers in an 84-82 slugfest.