Kevin Garnett had 24 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in his return to Target Center and the Boston Celtics outmuscled Kevin Love and the Timberwolves in a 100-79 victory Friday night. Paul Pierce had 21 points and nine rebounds, and Rajon Rondo had 17 assists for the Celtics, who have won four in a row and six of their last seven. Love had 22 points and 11 rebounds but succumbed to Garnett’s physical defense in a battle between the face of the Timberwolves past and present. Luke Ridnour had 15 points and eight assists, but the Wolves turned the ball over 21 times to see their playoff hopes take a hit. They entered 2 1/2 games out of the eighth spot in the West.
NBA: Boston Celtics vs. Minnesota Timberwolves