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MINNEAPOLIS -- Kevin Love is used to carrying the beat-up Minnesota Timberwolves lately. This time, he finally had some help when he sat down to take a rest. Love had 42 points and 16 rebounds, Ricky Rubio tied a franchise high with 17 assists, and the Timberwolves beat Paul George and the Indiana Pacers 104-91 on Wednesday night. J.J. Barea scored 12 points off the bench as the Wolves took control early against the Eastern Conference leaders. "This is one of my favourite wins of the season just because we played a very good team," Love said. "We did it without two key players and we fought hard." George led Indiana with 35 points, but managed just two in the fourth quarter as the Pacers lost for the third time in five games, never once taking a lead. "We just didnt have a whole lot of pop tonight," said David West, who scored four points and struggled guarding Love all night. "This is a game that I thought we would come out and play a little better than we did. We just didnt have it, just a step or two slow." It was Loves eighth straight game with at least 25 points and 10 rebounds, the longest streak since Shaquille ONeal accomplished the same feat Jan. 3-19, 2005. Love has an NBA-best 14 games with 30 points and 10 rebounds this season. "I thought a lot of the shots he made was good defence," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. "You have to give him credit. He is an extraordinary player and he played an extraordinary game tonight." In their first game since the All-Star break as they try to make a late-season run and catch Golden State for the final playoff spot in the West, the Wolves came out running and led by 16 when Love came out for a rest 3 minutes into the second quarter. Minnesotas reserves have been unable to hold their ground when Love goes to the bench recently, but they did fine on Wednesday. Barea, the subject of recent trade rumours, scored eight straight points during one stretch -- including a circus shot on the fast break over C.J. Watson that increased Minnesotas lead to 20 with 6:48 left in the half. "When he gets his rest, we need other people to step up," Barea said. "Tonight, we were able to do that." Love scored 18 points in the third quarter, including a jumper from just inside the 3-point line with 0.8 seconds left that pushed the Wolves lead back up to 10 after an Indiana run. Minnesota, playing without injured starters Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Martin, led by as many as 17 in the third quarter. However, with Love sitting to start the fourth, a jumper from Watson early in the quarter cut Indianas deficit to five and gave the Pacers hope. But again, Minnesotas reserves held on. Barea knocked down a jump shot in front of the Wolves bench to extend the lead back to 11 with 8:33 to play and the Wolves never looked back. "Coach came to me and said hes going to give me a little bit of a rest," Love said. "He came to me during the timeout and said These guys are rolling. I said Great, just keep them in as long as you need to. Those guys just did a great job and really stepped up and took advantage of the opportunity tonight." When Love returned, he reeled in a full-court pass from Rubio with his fingertips and slammed it home to give the Wolves a 98-84 lead. Indiana went into the All-Star break stuck in a shooting slump, but shot 50 per cent in a win over Atlanta on Tuesday. The Pacers made just 8 of 22 shots to start Wednesdays game and finished at 40 per cent. "We will reflect on this," George said. "We really didnt want to lose and drop this game. But we have to move on. Its all about the next game." George Hill finished with 13 points and Lance Stephenson had 10 despite missing his first six shots. NOTES: Wolves coach Rick Adelman on how trade rumours impact players as the deadline approaches: "I think it definitely affects them. But its all part of the business, especially now," he said. ... The Pacers are 8-7 on the second game of a back-to-back. "Not really," Vogel answered after he was asked if he, George and Roy Hibbert have caught up on rest after All-Star weekend. "Im a little more tired than usual. Im sure those guys are. But it doesnt mean anything. Still have to go out and win games." The Wolves still dont know when Pekovic or Martin will return. Adelman said Martin will get his injured thumb examined again in the next day or two. .. Wolves centre Ronny Turiaf left in the fourth quarter with a right knee injury and didnt return. Marshon Lattimore Saints Jersey . 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Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., defeated American Jack Sock 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in Wimbledons second round on Thursday. Alvin Kamara Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla.Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Seems like the NBA world is up in arms once again about the Cleveland Cavaliers. Its like beating ones self in the head, but, lets go through the exercise once more. This present edition of the Cavaliers was not going to walk on to the floor and be dominant. There were too many variables going against that notion and its manifested itself on the court. Thats why the latest rumblings, focused on an ESPN report that head coach David Blatt is having a hard time getting through to the team, have risen. That comes after a 23-home blowout at the hands of lowly Detroit Pistons. Since the Cavs have lost two of three games and only rank fifth in the Eastern Conference, its time to bang on this drum. Heads need to roll for this disgraceful start. What a surprise that coaching in the NBA, coaching LeBron James and two other superstars, proved to be a little more difficult than coaching in Israel. Gasp. Remember, Blatt was hired prior to James signing. This is in no way implying that Blatt wouldnt have taken the job, but he got something way different than what he expected. And things arent perfect in Cleveland. The body language stinks. They perpetually look tired, although Blatt said on Monday that the team hasnt practiced in nine days. The have no rim protector. They didnt in camp, havent had one all season. No surprise on that front. Defensively, this team was going to struggle. James is a good defender, although no longer great, but no one else on the roster, save for 250-year-old Shawn Marion, is even remotely solid. Cleveland ranks 14th in opponents scoring. Defense still remains primarily about effort, so maybe its Blatts fault that this mix of veterans and pups arent trying hard enough on that side of the ball. Or, maybe a few veterans need to step up and do their jobs. This nonsense about firing Blatt 30 games into the season really frosts my proverbial cookies. The worst thing the Cavaliers can do at a time like this, you know, a time where theyre playing .600 basketball, is fire a head coach. Blatt was going to struggle this season no matter what. Hes an accomplished man, but he has zero head coaching experience in the NBA. Then, he has to manage the greatest player in the world, possibly the most famous human on this pebble called Earth. He has to turn two perennial All-Stars into winners when theyve won nothing in this league, all while growing into the job on his own. When Blatt thought he was getting a young, scattered Cavs team led by Kyrie Irving, he was still greener than Al Gore carrying a frog through Dublin on St. Patricks Day. Nothing changed with James in town. The job got more difficult. Thirty games is no barometer. If James and the rest of the Cavs preach how this is a process (it is), how would it be considered fair to dismiss the head coach so early in said process? Business isnt fair, but there has been nothing apparent other than an expected growing period and some underachieving that makes this Cavs team a failure punishable by termination. Blatt is taking it somewhat in stride. When things go a little bit bad, naturally, some people want to pin those questions because they seem to be an easy thing to do. I think thats unfair, he said after practice on Monday. I dont listen to things. Im very cconfident in what I do and what were doing.dddddddddddd Smart answer, but lets be fair, there have been unforeseen issues in Cleveland. This offense should be the Harlem Globetrotters. It hasnt been. When the Cavs move the ball, theyre unstoppable. When the offense gets stagnant, its awful. Kevin Love hasnt found his way. When these mega-teams get together, someone always sacrifices his game, or, has it sacrificed for him. Love has been that guy. Wasnt going to be LeBron, and Irving is the point guard with the ball in his hands, so Love was the guy. The rotation has been clunky. Varejaos injury hasnt helped. Against the Miami Heat on Christmas Day, Blatt started Marion. Now, Tristan Thompson is the man, although theres no true center. Brendon Haywood is the only true big man left on the roster and hes played 37 minutes this season, which puts him about a minute and a half behind what 34-year-old Mike Miller played against the Orlando Magic on Friday. The Cavs need to address the problem in the pivot. Dave McMenamin of ESPN, who covers the Cavaliers, said hes heard they dont want to look outside the NBA for a big like Jermaine ONeal, Kenyon Martin or Emeka Okafor. (If healthy, Id look at Okafor.) But, as we all know, the straw stirring the drink, both on-court and off, is James. He had every opportunity to offer effusive praise of coach Blatt and didnt offer it. James was positive and pragmatic. My relationship with the coach continues to get better and better every day, said James. This is two months of us being together. I dont know him fully, he doesnt know me fully ... He has our attention. We know what we want to do on the floor. We have to do a better job of going out and executing what they want us to do. Then, it sort of turned into something a little defensive. Hes our coach. What other coach do we have, asked James. King James was asked, knowing how important an endorsement for coach Blatt would be coming from him, for one. I dont pay no bills around here man. I play, said James. Im happy with who we have at our helm. Hes our coach. For it to make a feud between me and Blatt, or the team and Blatt, its just a sell. Its just a sell and get people to read and put something on the bottom of the ticker, thats all it is. That may be true, but James has a history with a new head coach to the league and there were no whispers back then about his relationship with Erik Spoelstra. Compounding James tepid endorsement was a column written by Chris Haynes for cleveland.com, which included this: Given the massive scrutiny he would endure if he departed Cleveland a second time, if his hand is forced, Im told he wont hesitate to make the appropriate business decision if it means bolting. I can not conceive a scenario where James bolts Cleveland immediately. So, with all due respect, I dont think we are the nuclear option yet in Cleveland. Every day that goes by, the argument that Cleveland needs time to make this work loses luster. But, the reality is, if this is a long-term process with the Cavs, then 30 games is no real test. Its enough of questioning the Cavs this early. Expectations were entirely too high, so reality has set in. Reality is still pretty good with a possibility for improvement. 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