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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kevin Love won’t let the Minnesota Timberwolves go down without a fight.

The Denver Nuggets could use a little of the same punch right now.

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Love followed up his 51-point game with 30 points and 21 rebounds to lead the Timberwolves to a 117-100 victory over the Nuggets on Sunday.

“I think we used to call him kind of a poor man’s Larry Bird,” Denver coach George Karl said. “I think you can take ‘poor man’s’ off that comparison now. His ability to rebound is incredible and his offensive tools and skills are growing.”

Luke Ridnour had 25 points and six assists, and Wayne Ellington added 17 points for the Timberwolves, who are trying to stay relevant in the Western Conference playoff race.

The Wolves entered the game 3½ games behind Denver for the eighth spot.

“You see all these teams ahead of us,” coach Rick Adelman said. “Teams get a nice margin when they go out and win three or four in a row. That’s what we have to do.”

JaVale McGee had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Nuggets.

Denver trailed by 28 points in the first half and lost its second straight game. The Nuggets played without starting shooting guard Arron Afflalo, who was suspended for throwing an elbow at Jazz forward Gordon Hayward’s head on Friday night.

Kenneth Faried had 17 points and Andrew Miller added 14 for Denver.

“We can’t put it in cruise control anymore,” Karl said.

Love is in overdrive after scoring 51 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in a double-overtime loss at Oklahoma City on Friday night.

Love had his seventh career 30-20 game, which leads all active players. At 23 years old, he already has done that more times than Tim Duncan (six), Kevin Garnett (five) and Dirk Nowitzki (two).

DENVER (100)

Chandler 5-10 2-2 12, Faried 8-13 1-1 17, Mozgov 2-4 0-0 4, Lawson 5-14 2-2 14, Brewer 2-8 2-2 7, Harrington 3-9 3-3 9, A.Miller 6-8 2-3 14, McGee 6-8 1-2 13, Hamilton 2-5 0-2 4, Andersen 0-0 2-4 2, Stone 2-2 0-1 4. Totals 41-81 15-22 100.

MINNESOTA (117)

Johnson 2-9 0-0 5, Williams 2-5 2-2 7, Love 11-19 7-7 30, Ridnour 9-14 5-5 25, Webster 4-13 0-0 10, Beasley 5-15 1-1 11, Tolliver 4-8 0-0 10, Ellington 7-14 0-0 17, Lee 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 45-99 15-15 117.

Denver 20 23 32 25—100

Minnesota 33 35 25 24—117

3-Point Goals—Denver 3-15 (Lawson 2-5, Brewer 1-4, Chandler 0-1, Hamilton 0-2, Harrington 0-3), Minnesota 12-35 (Ellington 3-6, Ridnour 2-3, Tolliver 2-5, Webster 2-6, Williams 1-3, Love 1-4, Johnson 1-5, Beasley 0-3). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Denver 51 (McGee 11), Minnesota 50 (Love 21). Assists—Denver 19 (Chandler, Lawson 5), Minnesota 25 (Ridnour 6). Total Fouls—Denver 18, Minnesota 19. Technicals—Denver defensive three second 2. A—20,023 (19,356).

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