The Target Center crowd stood and watched in disbelief as Kevin Love was introduced in the starting lineup, at least a week ahead of schedule from a broken right hand that had kept him out for the first nine games of the season.

The only problem was his host Minnesota Timberwolves teammates spent the rest of the night standing and watching Love as well.

Andre Iguodala had 18 points and nine rebounds to spoil Love's surprise season debut in the Denver Nuggets' 101-94 victory Wednesday night.

Love had 34 points and 14 rebounds, helping the Wolves take a 17-point lead in the first half. But he didn't get a whole lot of help in his first game in nearly five weeks. Nikola Pekovic had 10 points and seven rebounds, and J.J. Barea was the only other Wolves player in double figures with 12 points.

"You've got to be able to go to other players rather than just him," coach Rick Adelman said.

Danilo Gallinari scored 19 points for the Nuggets, who withstood a furious start by a Timberwolves team buoyed by the return of their All-Star power forward.

Ty Lawson had 18 points and nine assists, and Kenneth Faried had 14 rebounds for the Nuggets, who overcame 20 turnovers. After a sluggish start to the season, the Nuggets (6-6) have picked up two straight quality road wins against Memphis and Minnesota.

Kings 113, Lakers 97: Marcus Thornton scored 23 points, and host Sacramento snapped a five-game losing streak. Kobe Bryant scored 38 points as Mike D'Antoni lost in his second game on the Los Angeles bench.

Thunder 117, Clippers 111: Kevin Durant scored 35 points, Russell Westbrook added 23, and Oklahoma City's All-Star tandem scored all of the Thunder's points in overtime in beating visiting Los Angeles. Westbrook connected on a 3-pointer from the left wing to open the scoring in overtime, and Durant rattled one in from about the same spot two possessions later for a 108-104 advantage. Blake Griffin led Los Angeles with 23 points in the meeting of Western Conference division leaders.

Heat 113, Bucks 106: LeBron James had 28 points and 10 rebounds, Dwyane Wade also had 28 points, and Miami scored the first six points of overtime on the way to beating visiting Milwaukee.

  • Udonis Haslem is now the leading rebounder in Miami Heat history. Haslem's second rebound against the Milwaukee Bucks was the 4,808th of his career, one more than Alonzo Mourning grabbed in his tenure with the Heat.

    Mavericks 114, Knicks 111: O.J. Mayo scored 10 of 27 points in the final 6 minutes of the third quarter when Dallas charged ahead, and the host Mavericks held off New York.

    Pacers 115, Hornets 107: Paul George scored 33 of his career-high 37 points in the second half and overtime, and Roy Hibbert had a triple-double in Indiana's victory over New Orleans. No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis missed his second consecutive game because of stress reaction in his left ankle.

    Hawks 101, Wizards 100: Kyle Korver hit a long 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds remaining in overtime to lift Atlanta past Washington, extending the visiting Wizards' franchise-worst start to 0-10.

    Spurs 112, Celtics 100: Tony Parker scored a season-high 26 points, Tim Duncan had 20 points and 15 rebounds, and reserve Tiago Splitter added a season-high 23 points for visiting San Antonio.

    Rockets 93, Bulls 89: James Harden scored 28 points, Patrick Patterson added 20 and Houston beat Chicago to snap a three-game losing streak. The Bulls have lost three in a row for the first time in Tom Thibodeau's three seasons as coach.

    Suns 114, Trail Blazers 87: Marcin Gortat scored a season-high 22 points in only three quarters, and host Phoenix routed Portland to snap a three-game losing streak. Former Oakland High star Damian Lillard had 24 points and three assists for the Blazers, who had won three straight.