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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Al Jefferson had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and the Minnesota Timberwolves spoiled Danny Granger's surprise return with a 116-109 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.

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Kevin Love had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Ryan Gomes added 15 points and eight rebounds for the Timberwolves, who snapped a five-game losing streak.

Granger scored 19 points in his return from a 16-game absence because of a heel injury and the Pacers made 16 of their 32 3-pointers. But the All-Star missed an open look at a 3-pointer that would have tied it with about 15 seconds to play and the Pacers lost their eighth straight road game.

Troy Murphy also returned after missing four games with a sprained ankle. He scored 21 points and Mike Dunleavy added 18.

The Timberwolves, who have struggled all season coming out of halftime, took control in the third quarter with a 17-0 run. Jonny Flynn was the facilitator, hitting a jumper and a 3, and organizing the offense the way coach Kurt Rambis has been asking him to do.

Flynn's two free throws gave the Wolves an 84-69 lead with 4:30 to go in the third quarter, but the Pacers' 3-point shooting kept them in the game.

Dunleavy made one from the top early in the fourth period to cut the lead to 92-88 and the Pacers got as close as 98-97 with 7 minutes to go. But the Timberwolves didn't falter, riding a 56-36 advantage on the boards to just their eighth triumph of the season.

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