As I wrote in Friday night's game story, funny how a season that started with Kevin Love so discontent about his playing time is winding toward an end with him so happy to sit and watch the fourth quarter.
He's done that the last two games, with twice the benefits:
1. It takes the strain off that bruised knee that he banged against the Mavericks on Monday.
2. It meant for the second time in three nights that game by then was well in hand.
When was the last time that happened, two blowout victories in a row?
"Not in my short career," Love said. "Not yet. Hopefully more to come, though."
They persevered Friday night even though they let all but two points of a 19-point, first-half lead slip away by early in the third quarter.
No matter, with Love on his way to double-double No. 53, with Darko outplaying big Al Jefferson at the center matchup and with Michael Beasley playing like he did before that January ankle injury, the Wolves simply reversed course and tore off on a 29-6 run that ended the third quarter.
The Jazz, presumably fighting for a playoff spot, missed six free throws, including five straight, during that Wolves' run.
The difference between 19 points ahead, two ahead, then 31 ahead again?
Ball movement mostly.
This team can score. That hasn't been a question all season. Tonight, it moved when they built that big lead, got stuck too often when it disappeared, then moved again.
The Wolves had 29 assists and just 13 turnovers ("just" for them, anyway).
It occasionally got stuck in Darko's or Beasley's hand, but not that often.
That's it from Target Center for Friday night.
Kent's got practice tomorrow and then the Wolves fly after that to San Francisco to start a three-game Western trip.
I'll pick the fellas up on Sunday in Oakland against the Warriors.