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Kevin Love returns for Cavaliers after missing 50 games

February 9, 2019
Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) goes to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, in Washington. Love was called for a foul on the play. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kevin Love returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers’ lineup on Friday after missing 50 games following surgery on his left foot.

Love started and played the first six minutes against the Washington Wizards, scoring four points. He shot 1 for 5 from the field, missing all three of his 3-point attempts. Love made two free throws and had a rebound and an assist.

“There’s definitely going to be a minute restriction. It’s been a few months since I’ve been out there playing,” Love said at Friday’s shootaround. “More than anything, it will be great to blow it out.”

Love did not return after exiting the game midway through the first quarter.

Love signed a four-year, $120 million extension with the Cavaliers in July. He played the first four games of the season, averaging 19 points and 13.5 rebounds, before undergoing surgery.

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