Detroit Pistons defeat Minnesota Timberwolves, 108-85

AUBURN HILLS, MICH. - "Game-time decision" is one of sport's most overused phrases.

Timberwolves center Al Jefferson truly was one Tuesday night in Detroit.

Jefferson didn't declare his hurting left knee sound enough to play until an hour before the opening tip against the Pistons.

He started the game, played nearly 25 minutes and had 14 points and five rebounds.

Wolves coach Kurt Rambis waited with a lineup sheet he has to sign and submit 60 minutes before eve...

AUBURN HILLS, MICH. - Here's a question to ask after the Timberwolves' 108-85 loss at Detroit on Tuesday night:

Which took more abuse?

A. Kevin Love's lower lip.

B. The rim at the Wolves' backs.

"The rim," Love said as he felt his swollen lip. "Definitely."

Detroit's Jason Maxiell inadvertently elbowed Love in the mouth midway through the second quarter, a blow that briefly sent Love to the locker room to have his braces untwined from his inner lower lip.