For all the Love being spread around by the Minnesota Timberwolves, you would think the Boston Celtics would show a little back.
But instead, the Celtics belted them in the teeth.
Kevin Love led all scorers with 19 points, but he and his Timberwolves couldn’t overcome Boston’s solid defense and the return of Rajon Rondo from suspension, falling 104-94 at TD Garden Wednesday evening.
Love also pulled down 13 boards for Minnesota, now 8-9 after having it’s four game winning streak snapped. Kevin Garnett cleaned 10 balls off the glass for Boston while reserve forward Jared Sullinger nabbed 7 rebounds and blocked two shots in 18 minutes off the bench.
Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett each scored 18 points as Boston improved it’s record to 10-8 on the young season. Rondo and Jason Terry chipped in 17 points a piece as the Celtics’ starting lineup featured a balanced attack.
Both teams came out out the gates fast and Minnesota held a 30-27 advantage after one quarter. Boston clamped down defensively and allowed on 64 points the rest of the way, limiting the Timberwolves to 44% shooting from the field and an abysmal 14-30 from the line, which ultimately turned out to be the difference in the game.
Boston travels to Philadelphia on Friday to take on the 76ers in the first of a back-to-back, home and home series with their Atlantic division rivals, who have an identical record to the Celtics.
The Timberwolves return to Minnesota for Friday night’s game against Cleveland.