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Kevin Love is fouled as he goes up for a shot by Indiana’s Roy Hibbert in the Timberwolves’ 104-91 win Wednesday in Minneapolis.
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Pacers fall to Timberwolves

– Kevin Love had 42 points and 16 rebounds, Ricky Rubio added a career-high 17 assists, and Minnesota beat Paul George and Indiana 104-91.

J.J. Barea scored 12 points off the bench as the Wolves took control early against the Eastern Conference leaders.

George led Indiana with 35 points but managed just two in the fourth quarter as the Pacers lost for the third time in five games, never once taking a lead.

It was Love’s eighth straight game with at least 25 points and 10 rebounds, the longest streak since Shaquille O’Neal accomplished the same feat Jan. 3-19, 2005. Love has an NBA-best 14 games with 30 points and 10 rebounds this season.

In their first game since the All-Star break as they try to make a late-season run and catch Golden State for the final playoff spot in the West, the banged-up Wolves came out running and led by 16 when Love came out for a rest 3 minutes into the second quarter.

The Pacers made just 8 of 22 shots to start Wednesday’s game and finished at 40 percent. George Hill finished with 13 points and Lance Stephenson had 10 despite missing his first six shots.

CAVALIERS 101, MAGIC 93: In Cleveland, Kyrie Irving scored 22 points and Cleveland won its sixth straight game.

Luol Deng scored 17 points, while Tyler Zeller and Tristan Thompson each added 16 for Cleveland.

Arron Afflalo led Orlando with 23 points.

BOBCATS 116, PISTONS 98: In Charlotte, N.C., Al Jefferson scored 29 points, Kemba Walker had 24 points and a career-high 16 assists as Charlotte beat Detroit for the second straight night.

Brandon Jennings had 20 points for Detroit before being ejected from the game with 1:13 left after picking up his second technical foul.

BULLS 94, RAPTORS 92: In Toronto, Carlos Boozer scored 20 points and D.J. Augustin had 19 against his former team and Chicago won its fourth straight game.

DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 32 points while Kyle Lowry fouled out with 16.

WIZARDS 114, HAWKS 97: In Atlanta, John Wall scored 21 points and Washington recovered after almost blowing a 20-point lead.

Paul Millsap had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Elton Brand, a fill-in starter at center, had 20 points and 11 boards for the Hawks, who have lost seven straight.

KNICKS 98, PELICANS 91: In New Orleans, Carmelo Anthony capped a 42-point performance with three clutch baskets in the last two minutes as New York snapped a three-game skid.

Eric Gordon scored 28 for the Pelicans but was shut out in the fourth quarter.

SUNS 100, CELTICS 94: In Phoenix, Markieff Morris scored 18 points to lead six Phoenix players in double figures in the win.

Rajon Rondo had 18 points and 10 assists for the Celtics. Jeff Green added 17 points.

NETS 105, JAZZ 99: In Salt Lake City, Joe Johnson scored 27 points and Andre Blatche had 25 for Brooklyn for the Nets’ first win in Utah since 2008. Reserve guard Alec Burks led the Jazz with 23 points.

Lakers trade guard

A person familiar with the deal says the Los Angeles Lakers have traded point guard Steve Blake to the Golden State Warriors for reserve guards Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks.

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