Minnesota Sports Roundup: Wolves win at Dallas; Love signs extensionMinnesota Sports
-- The Minnesota Timberwolves won at Dallas 105-90 on the night the Mavericks received their 2011 NBA championship rings.
DALLAS - The Minnesota Timberwolves won at Dallas 105-90 on the night the Mavericks received their 2011 NBA championship rings.
Minnesota went on a 16-3 run in the third and fourth quarters to pull away from the Mavs. Kevin Love scored 31 points and grabbed ten rebounds, Ricky Rubio had 17 points, 12 assists, seven rebounds and four steals, and Wayne Ellington added 16. The Wolves snapped the Mavericks franchise-record streak of holding 15 straight opponents under 100 points and their seven-game home win streak.
Minnesota played with only nine available players while Dallas was missing Dirk Nowitzki and Vince Carter. The eight-and-ten Wolves host the 12-and-seven Spurs Friday night and the 11-and-eight Lakers on Sunday.
Timberwolves forward Kevin Love says it was nice to get the win at Dallas after signing a four-year, $60-million contract extension Wednesday afternoon. He called it "a good day." Love says he's excited to be staying with the Wolves and playing in front of the Minnesota fans. He added that he likes the direction the team is going and feels that big things are ahead of us. The 23-year-old was the fifth pick out of UCLA in 2008 and was the NBA's Most Improved Player in 2011. Love is averaging just under 25 points and 14 rebounds this season. Love finished with 29 points and ten rebounds.
The University of Minnesota men's basketball team's three-game win streak ended last night with a 68-52 loss at Michigan State. The 11th-ranked Spartans held the Gophers to 38 percent shooting and their lowest point total in nearly a year. Rodney Williams led Minnesota with 15 points, Ralph Sampson III had 10 but no one else reached double-digits. Draymond Green scored a game-high 22 points to go along with 14 rebounds and six assists. MSU improved to 6-2 in conference play while the Gophers fell to 3-5. Michigan State's Tom Izzo became the fourth coach in Big Ten history to record 400 wins at one school. Minnesota welcomes Illinois to Williams Arena on Saturday night.