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                    === Love leads Wolves against Lakers ===
 (  - Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves still have an
 outside  shot  at making  the playoff  race interesting, but  must stay on the
 winning side of things with 12 games to go.
 The Timberwolves will continue their push toward the postseason when they host
 the  Los Angeles Lakers  Friday at Target Center. The T'Wolves are 7 1/2 games
 off  the  eighth spot in the  Western Conference and ended a three-game losing
 streak with Wednesday's 107-83 bashing of the Atlanta Hawks.
 Love  had  14 points  and 12  rebounds, while  Gorgui Dieng  scored 15 with 15
 boards  for Minnesota,  which shot 50 percent overall and went 9-of-22 from 3-
 point range. Corey Brewer and Kevin Martin scored 18 points apiece to held the
 Wolves back into the win column.
 Minnesota won every quarter with 20 or more points.
 "I  thought  we responded  pretty well,  especially in  the second half," said
 Minnesota coach Rick Adelman. "Both teams struggled the first half in scoring;
 they did especially. But overall, I thought it was a good effort."
 The T'Wolves have a 20-14 home record this season.
 Los  Angeles reverted  back to  its  losing ways  with a  108-105 decision  at
 Milwaukee Thursday night, as Jordan Hill paced the visitors with 28 points and
 16 rebounds.
 Nick  Young  and Chris  Kaman scored  17 and 13  points, respectively, for the
 Lakers, who had won two in a row prior to a four-game slide.
 Milwaukee was able to stop an eight-game losing streak.
 "This is the NBA where anyone can win on any night," Young said.
 The  Lakers have  lost four in a row  on the road, have an 11-25 record as the
 visitor  and  will  start  a  two-game homestand  Sunday  versus  Phoenix  and
 The  Wolves are 2-1 against the Lakers this season and won the last meeting at
 Target  Center by  a 109-99 score on Feb.  4. The Lakers are still 26-3 in the
 previous 29 matchups with Minnesota, but that was with a healthy Kobe Bryant.
 The  Lakers could  be without  Pau Gasol  (illness) and  Steve Nash  (back) in
 Friday's  tilt with the  Wolves, losers in 12 of the last 14 games as the host
 in this series.
 03/28 10:22:19 ET

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