The Wolves had a little extra to be thankful for Wednesday at Target Center. An early return of all-star Kevin Love. Love was a surprise start after spending the first weeks of the season out with a broken left hand. The trio provided a spark to start the game but couldn't hold on as the Denver Nuggets came back to win 101-94.
Love was the story in the first half as he tallied 22 points and 8 rebounds in the first half. In addition to Love's return, guard J.J. Barea and center Nikola Pekovic also returned to the lineup.
"It was just a tale of two halves," said head coach Rick Adelman. "We played well the first half, took care of the ball, got some stops., then in the third quarter we didn't start going."
The Nuggets turned a 14 point defecit quickly into four at the end of the third quarter as they outscored the Wolves 57-26 in the second half to pull away for the win.
Love scored a team high 34 points on 12-for-25 shooting and also pulled down 14 rebounds in the loss.
The offense seemed to run through Love and the rest of the team had trouble getting anything going as the team shot 22-for-64 from the floor.
"I thought he was fine, he got off to a great start," said Adelman about Love's return. "He's been looking good in practice shooting the ball. The doctor gave him the okay and said 'there's no reason not to play him'."
Danilo Gallinari led the way for Denver with 19 and was one of five players in double figures. Andre Iguodala shot 3-for-5 from three point range and scored 18 points in the win.
With the loss, the Wolves drop to 5-5 and head west beginning a four game road trip in Portland on Friday night.