Kevin Love's 36 points and 13 rebounds led the Minnesota Timberwolves to a dominant 91-73 win over the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night. The win got the Timberwolves back to .500 and moved them into the eighth slot in the Western Conference.
Love was essentially a one-man show, as he was just one of three T-Wolves to score in double figures. The power forward shot 10-of-19 from the field and went 14-of-18 from the free throw line. Luke Ridnour added 12 points while J.J. Barea chipped in with 10 off the bench.
It was a rather successful Friday night on the whole for the Northwest Division, as Oklahoma City, Utah and Denver also notched victories. The Thunder won their seventh straight game by beating the Los Angeles Lakers 114-108, although the game was never really that close. With the win, Oklahoma City maintained a 5½-game lead over the Jazz, who dominated the Toronto Raptors 131-99. The Nuggets pulled out a hard-fought 92-89 win on the road over the Indiana Pacers to remain six games back, along with the Timberwolves.