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Love's 37 Lead Timberwolves Past Warriors, 126-123

In one of the more thrilling Timberwolves games in recent memory, they held off the Golden State Warriors in a game that was truly a roller coaster in every sense of the word.

Things looked a little bleak for the Timberwolves early, as they allowed Golden State to put up a whopping 41 points in the first quarter of play and trailed by nine going into the second quarter. Minnesota started to heat up in the second quarter, outscoring the Warriors 37-32 to go into halftime trailing 73-69. The third quarter was all Minnesota, as they outscored the Warriors by a 19-point margin and took a 15-point lead into the final quarter of play. Golden State, to their credit, mounted a furious comeback in the fourth, but it ultimately wasn't enough as the Wolves held on for the three-point victory.

Kevin Love had an absolutely monstrous game for Minnesota, putting up 37 points and pulling down an incredible 23 rebounds. This is the fourth time this season that Love has put together a performance of at least 30 points and 20 rebounds. . .this is even more incredible when you realize that that's three more 30-20 performances than the rest of the National Basketball Association combined.

Michael Beasley chipped in 25 points and nine rebounds, and rookie Wesley Johnson threw in 17 for the victors.

For Golden State, guard Stephen Curry had a career-high 11 rebounds to go along with his 33 points, Dorell Wright had 26, and David Lee chipped in 20, as did Monta Ellis.

The win snaps a seven-game losing streak for the Timberwolves. Minnesota will next take to the court on Tuesday when they host the Los Angeles Lakers.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.