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Love scratched vs. Lakers with back spasms

Posted Mar 9 2012 8:52PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star Kevin Love was scratched from the starting lineup against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night because of back spasms.

The team said Love was doubtful for the game, but did not rule out him trying to play.

Love is averaging 25.5 points and 13.8 rebounds per game for the Wolves and has been on a tear during their three-game winning streak. He had 42 points in a win at Portland last weekend, 39 points and 17 rebounds in a win over the Clippers on Monday and 29 points and 16 boards in a win over the Blazers on Wednesday.

Rookie Derrick Williams started in Love's place at power forward.

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