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posted: 11/28/2012 12:01 AM

Love grabs 24 rebs, Timberwolves beat Kings 97-89

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  • Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, right, shoots against Sacramento Kings forward John Salmons, left, Tuesday during the first quarter in Sacramento, Calif.

      Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, right, shoots against Sacramento Kings forward John Salmons, left, Tuesday during the first quarter in Sacramento, Calif.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Kevin Love had 23 points and an NBA season-high 24 rebounds to help the Minnesota Timberwolves stop a five-game losing streak by beating the Sacramento Kings 97-89 on Tuesday night.

Love, who missed the first nine games of the season with a broken right hand, was a force inside all night for the Timberwolves, who took the lead late in the first quarter and never trailed again.

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Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins each scored 20 points for the Kings. Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Thornton both had 12.

Luke Ridnour scored 18 and Nikola Pekovic had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Timberwolves, who had fallen into a tailspin after starting the season 5-2. Andrei Kirilenko had 14 points and Malcolm Lee added 10.

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