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(SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves are in the hunt for a postseason spot and will get back to work Wednesday versus the Indiana Pacers in the finale of a four-game homestand at Target Center.

The Timberwolves are six games out for the final postseason berth in the Western Conference and were able to stop a season-high four-game slide before the All-Star break with last Wednesday's 117-90 win over the Denver Nuggets.

Love poured in 32 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and handed out eight assists, while Corey Brewer and Jose Barea scored 22 and 18 points, respectively. Chase Budinger had 12 points and Ricky Rubio compiled 11 with 12 assists and seven steals for Minnesota, which shot 52.3 percent and scored 29 points off 21 Denver turnovers.

"It's always a tough game before the break. We came out with energy. We were excited to play and knew we needed a win. We came out and played hard. It was a great game for us," Love said.

Love, who is averaging 31.5 points and 14.3 rebounds in his last eight games and leads the NBA with 44 double-doubles, posted 13 points and nine rebounds in the All-Star Game, which was won by the Eastern Conference, 163-155.

"It was a a lot of fun," Love said after the extravaganza. "I'm going to rest tomorrow and hopefully Tuesday and be ready to go for Wednesday."

Minnesota is 15-11 at home and is averaging 105.5 points per game. On defense the Wolves are allowing 101.8 ppg and opponents are shooting 46.8 percent. The Wolves will need to turn it up on defense if they intend on making the playoffs for the first time since the 2003-04 season.

After the Timberwolves host the East-leading Pacers, they will embark on a five-game western jaunt through Utah, Portland, Phoenix, Sacramento and Denver.

In injury news for the T'Wolves, guard Kevin Martin (thumb) and center Nikola Pekovic (ankle) are both out indefinitely.

Indiana proved once again it has the top defense in the league with Tuesday's 108-98 victory versus the Atlanta Hawks in the finale of a three-game homestand (2-1).

The Pacers forced 22 turnovers, leading to 35 points, and kept an opponent under 100 points for a fourth straight game. Paul George was coming off his All-Star Game performance and led Indiana with 26 points, while David West added 17, Lance Stephenson scored 13 and Roy Hibbert chipped in 10.

Indiana lost two of three games heading into the break and is 6-2 this month.

"We started the season 9-0 and 16-1 and we haven't reached that level of winning since then. Now that the dog days of the season are behind us, we want to start the second half of the season as well as we started the first half," Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said.

The Central-leading Pacers are 2 1/2 games ahead of Miami for Eastern Conference supremacy and will put their 15-9 road record to the test Wednesday. They will also visit Milwaukee on the quick jaunt.

Indiana is first in opponents' scoring (90.5 ppg) and field-goal percentage (41.2 percent).

The Pacers defeated the Timberwolves 98-84 back on Nov. 25 at home, as George and George Hill netted 26 points apiece. Love had 20 points and 17 rebounds in that one for the Timberwolves, losers in four of five and seven of the last 10 matchups with the Pacers.

Indiana has lost three of four and six of its last eight games at Minnesota.

02/19 10:11:24 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
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y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
Final
NYM 4
ATL 3
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
Final
PIT 2
MIL 3
Final
WAS 3
STL 2
Final
TAM 1
NYY 5
Final
KAN 3
MIN 8
Final
CHC 2
CIN 8
Final
TEX 2
CWS 16
Final
OAK 4
HOU 1
Final
LOS 4
ARI 1
Final
COL 9
PHI 10
Final
SDP 3
SFG 4
9th
BOS 5
BAL 5
 
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
Final
CHI 93
WAS 102
2nd
HOU 20
POR 27
 
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
Final
BOS 4
DET 1
Final
MON 3
TAM 2
1st
SJS 0
LOS 1
 
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3