- Associated Press - Thursday, January 13, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS | John Wall and the Washington Wizards walked into to Target Center — the arena where losing streaks come to die — fully expecting to finally get that elusive first road victory.

Instead, Kevin Love delivered another All-Star performance in a season full of them, refusing to let his Minnesota Timberwolves fold in the fourth quarter again.

Love had 35 points and 11 rebounds and Darko Milicic added 14 points and 11 rebounds to keep the Wizards winless on the road in Minnesota’s 109-97 victory on Thursday night.

Love made 13 of 18 shots, including 5 of 6 from 3-point range, to help make up for the absence of Michael Beasley, who was out with a sprained left ankle.

“It’s a tough guard when you’ve got a 4 man who can shoot the ball,” the 6-foot-9 Love said. “Six-foot-eight or above and shooting the 3-ball like that, its tough to guard.”

He’s been that way all season, leading the NBA in rebounding while shooting .435 on 3s, good for 11th in the NBA in when the day began.

Wall had 14 points and 10 assists for the Wizards, who fell to 0-19 on the road. They are the only team in the NBA that has yet to win away from home this season.

The Timberwolves trailed by four with 5:46 to play, but closed the game with a 19-1 surge to snap a five-game losing streak. Love scored eight points during the run, pounding his chest after the second of his two 3s.

“We expected Love to be a handful,” Wizards coach Flip Saunders said. “We thought he had a chance to beat us. He basically beat us from the 3-point line.”

One game after scoring 43 points in a win over Sacramento on Tuesday, Wizards guard Nick Young was held to 15 points on 5 of 14 shooting.

Corey Brewer had 14 points and four steals and Luke Ridnour added 16 points and nine assists for the Timberwolves, who have made it a habit of letting leads slip away in the fourth quarter this season.

“We really played team ball,” coach Kurt Rambis said. “It seems like those games, that we’ve had where everyone’s contributed and had a pretty decent game scoring wise, we seem to win the ballgame.”

Minnesota led 88-82 with nine minutes to go, but Rambis stuck with struggling backup point guard Jonny Flynn and kept energetic defender Brewer on the bench and watched the lead disappear.

Trevor Booker and Yi Jianlian had back-to-back dunks and Young hit a 3-pointer from the corner to cap a 9-0 run that gave the Wizards a 94-90 lead.

Rambis went back to starters Ridnour and Brewer out of the timeout, and the Wolves responded. Milicic, the 7-foot center, made a nifty behind-the-back dribble and spin move for a layup and Love hit a 3-pointer to give the Wolves a 95-94 lead.

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