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Here is the latest sports news: Wolves lose despite career night from Love. Wild face Sabres. Twins lose to Yankees. Mbakwe to return to Gophers.

Thunder Survive Timberwolves
(Oklahoma City, OK) — Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant combined for 85 points as the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves, 149-140, in double overtime. Westbrook led the way with 45 points, while Durant tallied 40 and 17 rebounds. Kevin Love scored a career-high 51 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in a losing effort. Jose Juan Barea [[ buh-RAY-uh ]] and Anthony Tolliver posted 25 and 23 points, respectively. The reeling Timberwolves have lost seven of their last nine games. The Wolves return home to host Denver tomorrow.

Wild Battle Buffalo
(Buffalo, NY) — The Wild are back in action tonight as they face the Sabres in Buffalo. Minnesota has won back-to-back contests after defeating Vancouver and Calgary. Following tonight’s matchup, the Wild head to Washington before returning home to face the Rangers.

Twins Fall To Yanks
(Tampa, FL) — Eduardo Nunez highlighted a five-run seventh inning with a two-run double, and the New York Yankees posted a 6-4 Grapefruit League win over the Minnesota Twins yesterday. Josh Willingham clubbed a two-run homer and Sean Burroughs hit a two-run single for the Twins. Minnesota starter Francisco Liriano tossed five scoreless innings. Jeff Manship was tagged for six runs, four earned, on four hits in relief. The Twins host the Rays this afternoon in Fort Myers.

Gophers’ Mbakwe Granted Sixth Year Of Eligibility
(Minneapolis, MN) — The NCAA has granted injured Minnesota forward Trevor Mbakwe a sixth year of eligibility. The university made the announcement yesterday. The six-foot-eight senior missed almost the entire season with a torn ACL in his right knee. Mbakwe suffered the injury in the Golden Gophers’ seventh game, an 86-70 loss to Dayton in the title game of the Old Spice Classic in Orlando. Despite being sidelined since late November, Mbakwe is still the team’s leading scorer at 14 points-per-game and top rebounder at 9.1 per contest.

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