All-Star power forward Kevin Love is attempting to single-handedly lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to the playoffs and he's doing an exemplary job. Love posted the first triple-double of his career on Saturday as Minnesota defeated the Utah Jazz for its third straight victory to move within one game of .500. Portland is on its way to the postseason but it had lost seven of 10 games prior to beating the Jazz on Friday.Love had 37 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in Minnesota's 121-104 victory and has scored 30 or more points in four consecutive games to tie the franchise mark set by Kevin Garnett. "I thought at some point it would happen," Love said about that elusive first triple-double. "I've been very close. Happy it was tonight and more happy we got the win." The Trail Blazers will be without All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge (groin) for the third consecutive contest are 1-1 in an eight-game stretch in which seven of the games are at home.TV: 9 p.m. ET, FSN North (Minnesota), CSN Northwest (Portland)ABOUT THE TIMBERWOLVES (27-28): Love sat out with a quadriceps injury when Minnesota suffered a 117-110 home loss to the Trail Blazers on Feb. 8. Point guard Ricky Rubio stepped up with a career-best 25 points to go with nine assists as the Timberwolves were without their top three offensive weapons. Center Nikola Pekovic (ankle) is nearing a return but is expected to miss his 12th consecutive game on Sunday while guard Kevin Martin (thumb) will sit out for the sixth straight game.ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS (37-18): Center Robin Lopez grabbed a career-best 18 rebounds in the victory over Utah and has grabbed 14 or more boards in four of the last six contests. The offseason acquisition has been a good fit in Portland and he is averaging 10.8 points and a career-best 8.7 rebounds. Lopez has recorded 21 of his 36 career double-doubles this season and continually impresses coach Terry Stotts. "One thing - he doesn't stop playing," Stotts raved after the Utah game. " He got his third foul and he didn't stop playing, and unfortunately, he picked up his fourth but he only knows one way to play and I think our guys really feed off of his energy."BUZZER BEATERS 1. Portland is 2-1 against the Timberwolves this season and has won 23 of the past 26 meetings.2. The Trail Blazers are 18-3 when backup G Mo Williams scores in double digits.3. Minnesota F Chase Budinger has picked up some of the scoring slack with four double-digit outings over the last five games.PREDICTION: Trail Blazers 106, Timberwolves 104