The Timberwolves led by 24 points heading into the final quarter and easily put away the Pelicans by shooting 55 percent from the field.
Minnesota was coming off a two-point loss to Dallas, after which the NBA admitted Love had been fouled in his attempt to get off a game-tying shot at the buzzer. No foul was called on the play.
New Orleans also made more than 50 percent of its shots, but the Timberwolves made 12 more free throws than did the Pelicans. Ryan Anderson led New Orleans with 25 points.
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