The Miami Heat pulled away from the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half, and the defending champions went on to win, 103-92, at the AmericanAirlines Arena Tuesday night.
The Heat won despite being out-rebounded 51-22, as Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic dominated the glass.
The Wolves absolutely dominated in the paint, though, as 58 of their points were scored from close range. In the first quarter, Kevin Love hauled in nine rebounds, which is the most rebounds the Heat have allowed to a single player in a quarter this season.
The Heat overcame their shortcomings on the glass by pressuring the Wolves into turnovers, forcing 19 turnovers in all. Those turnovers led to numerous fast breaks and the Heat scored 24 points in transition.
Miami is now 7-1 when they dish out 25 or more assists, as LeBron James led the team with 11.
With the victory, the Heat remain a game behind the New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference standings.
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