An injured Kevin Love got all historical Wednesday night as he recorded his 52nd straight double-double. The streak is now the longest since the ABA and NBA merged in 1976. The previous record was held by Moses Malone, whose records are having a rough week.
Love scored 16 points and grabbed 21 rebounds despite having a heavily wrapped, bruised and swollen left knee. He didn’t even decide to play until 20 minutes before tipoff.
Love’s big night helped the Minnesota Timberwolves notch their 16th win of the season in a 101-75 blasting of the Indiana Pacers. Woohoo, 16 wins baby, awesome! That takes the T’Wolves past their total of 15 wins from last year. The sky is the limit now! Guess Michael Beasley had a point in the preseason.
But back to Love, he’s clearly having a breakout season in his third year in the league. He’s averaging 20.9 points and an NBA-high 15.7 rebounds. Those numbers surpass his totals of 14.0 points and 11.0 rebounds last year.
Love has also increased his field goal percentage (47.1 this year, 45.0 last year), 3-point percentage (42.7 this year, 33.0 last year) and free throw percentage (86.2 this year, 81.5 last year). He also has a league-high 60 double-doubles.
Despite the Timberwolves’ 16-50 record, it’s hard to argue Love hasn’t earned first-team All-NBA status. He at least has to be in the conversation.
He’s been the best power forward in basketball this year, but that likely won’t matter. The NBA will vote in both LeBron James and Kevin Durant as forwards and Love will probably be left on the outside looking in.