Dec 10, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love (42) grabs the rebound over Detroit Pistons power forward Greg Monroe (10) in the second quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Timberwolves at Pistons final score: Minnesota cruises 121-94


Kevin Love continued to look like an MVP candidate despite a tough night shooting from the field in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 121-94 victory over the Detroit Pistons Tuesday night. Love scored 26 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and dished out seven assists.

Love hit just six of his 15 shots, but nailed four of his six three-point attempts and went 10-of-10 from the charity stripe.

Nikola Pekovic added 18 points and Ricky Rubio put up 16 points and nine assists.

Brandon Jennings had 20 points and seven assists while veteran Josh Smith added 17 points for the Pistons.

After an exciting first quarter that saw the Timberwolves take a 33-32 lead into the second quarter, the Timberwolves cruised, using a 31-19 second quarter advantage to help blow the game open in the second half. The Timberwolves hit 11 of 24 three-point attempts and 28 of 33 free throws while the Pistons were just eight-of-28 from beyond the arc and eight-of-16 from the charity stripe.

Rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was the bright spot for the Pistons, scoring 16 points on seven-of-14 shooting.

The Timberwolves are now 10-11 while the Pistons fall to 10-12.

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