- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 14, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Rookie Kevin Love scored 22 points, Rodney Carney and Ryan Gomes added 21 each and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Charlotte Bobcats 108-100 on Saturday night.

Craig Smith had 15 points for the Timberwolves, who snapped a four-game skid against Charlotte and handed the Bobcats their third straight loss.

Gerald Wallace had 26 points to lead Charlotte, Raja Bell scored 21 and D.J. Augustin finished with 18. The Bobcats, whose skid follows a team-record, six-game winning streak, entered the day one-half game behind Chicago and Milwaukee for the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot.

After trailing by 16 points, the Bobcats pulled to 92-88 with 8:14 to play. But Carney, who returned after missing two games with a lower abdomen injury, gave the Wolves some breathing room with a 3-pointer followed by a hard dunk. He added another 3 with 2:35 to play to put Minnesota up 102-94.

Charlotte finished 38-for-56 (68 percent) from the floor, but Minnesota made 60 percent in the first half while building a 66-51 lead at the break that forced the Bobcats to play catch-up the rest of the way.

Augustin started the third quarter in place of Raymond Felton, who briefly left the game with back spams, and scored nine points to help key a 19-10 run.

Notes:@ Randy Foye returned after missing two games with hip and ankle injuries. He scored nine points. … Kevin Ollie missed his second consecutive game, tending to a family illness. Wolves coach Kevin McHale was unsure of Ollie’s return. “I haven’t spoken with him since two nights ago,” the coach said. … Wallace has scored more than 20 points 19 times this season. … Smith has scored in double figures in three of the last four games.

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