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             === Love posts triple-double as Wolves rout Lakers ===
 Minneapolis,  MN (  - Kevin  Love posted  his second  career
 triple-double  with  22 points,  10 rebounds  and 10  assists in the Minnesota
 Timberwolves' 143-107 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers.
 Nikola  Pekovic added  26 points in his  return to the lineup and Kevin Martin
 finished  with  17 for the Timberwolves,  winners in two straight. Pekovic had
 missed the previous six games with an ankle injury.
 "It was obviously a good game for us. Good to have Pek' back. He really set
 the tone inside for us," said Wolves coach Rick Adelman.
 Kent Bazemore scored 21 points and Jodie Meeks added 19 for the Lakers, losers
 in six of their last eight games.
 The  Wolves  opened the game  on a 20-4  run and saw  their spread swell to 19
 several  times before  carrying a  41-24 edge  into the  second quarter.  Love
 scored  15 points  and Pekovic added 12 in the first. Minnesota went 13-for-20
 from the field in the quarter and made 13-of-14 from the free throw line.
 The  Wolves continued to  pour it on in the second, stretching their spread to
 37, 71-36, after Martin hit a fadeaway jumper with 1:51 remaining in the first
 half. Minnesota led 74-43 at the break.
 Minnesota shot a blistering 64.1 percent over the first 24 minutes.
 The  Wolves  led by as  many as 40  in the third and  never saw their lead dip
 below 30 the rest of the way.
 Minnesota finished 51-of-76 from the floor.
 "We were having fun with (the triple-double), but there came a point with like
 three minutes left in the third where there were a couple turnovers in a row
 and we were trying to force the issue a little bit," Love said. "So we just
 played and that's how things happen."
                                   Game Notes
 The  Wolves outscored the  Lakers 66-48 in the paint and 21-8 on second chance
 points  ... Gorgui Dieng had 14 points and nine rebounds and Ricky Rubio added
 10 points, six rebounds and six assists for Minnesota ... The Lakers scored 30
 points off 21 Minnesota turnovers.
 03/29 02:19:21 ET