Breaking Down Kevin Love's February Numbers
Wolves forward Kevin Love is putting up ridiculous numbers this month. Like seriously ridiculous numbers, especially when you put them into historical context. Take a look back through some of the major milestones he put together during this month.
When put into the context of his top months of his career, this February has to rank up there with his March 2012 and his December 2013. And what might make this most impressive is he’s doing it in part while playing out of position. With Nikola Pekovic and Ronny Turiaf out over the past week, Love has been playing at center. While he might be getting similar matchups on the offensive end, he’s getting different defensive matchups. That plays into overall performance, and adds to the backdrop of these numbers.
Take a look at what Love is doing with this list below, courtesy of our famous Timberwolves PR department. We won’t find out who will be the Western Conference Player of the Month until March 5, but Love is putting together a legitimate claim to that award.
- Kevin Love, the reigning Western Conference Player of the Week, finished his month of February averaging league-highs in both points (34.0 ppg) and rebounds (14.1 rpg) while making 3.0 3-pointers per game. In the Month of Love, No. 42 averaged more points per game than Kevin Durant, more rebounds than Dwight Howard & more made three-pointers than Kyle Korver.
- The last player to average 34+ pts and 14+ rebs in a month was Moses Malone in March 1982.
- Love's scoring average in February (34.0 ppg) was the highest in a month in franchise history. It was just the third time in club history a player has averaged 30+ points in a month, all of which have been recorded by Love (30.7 ppg in Mar. 2012; 30.0 ppg in Dec. 2013).
- Has tallied 25+ points and 10+ rebounds in 11 consecutive games (including all nine games in February), the longest streak in the NBA since Shaquille O'Neal tallied 13 straight from Mar. 26 - Oct. 30, 2001.
- Has recorded 30+ points and 10+ rebounds in six straight games, the third longest streak in the last 30 seasons (11 by O'Neal in 2001; 10 by Karl Malone in 1988).
- Has scored 30+ points in six straight games, the longest streak in franchise history.
- Tallied a league-high eight 30+ point games in February to add to his club-record 20 on the season; only Kevin Durant (34) and LeBron James (22) have more 30+ point games this season.
- Recorded three games in February with 30+ points, 10+ rebounds and 5+ assists to improve his season total to nine. Only Durant (10) has more. Love and Durant have 19 combined games this season; the rest of the NBA has 18 such games combined.
- Posted a pair of 40+ point games in February to improve his season total to four and career total to a club-record eight. Kevin Garnett recorded four 40+ point games in his entire Wolves career.
- Recorded his first career triple-double in Minnesota's 121-104 win over Utah on Feb. 22, finishing with 37 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists. His 37 points were the most in a triple-double in franchise history, and the most in the NBA in a triple-double since David Lee (Apr. 2, 2010).
- Love joined Vince Carter (Apr. 7, 2007) as the only players to record a 37p/12r/10a game with at least 6 three-pointers since the 1985 season.
- The triple-double was Love’s fourth 30-point, 10-rebound game with 5+ three-pointers made this season (the rest of the league has five combined); he joins Antoine Walker (2001-02) as the only players since the 1985-86 season to record at least four such games in a single season.
- Love's 33-point, 13-rebound, 9-assist performance on Feb. 25 vs. Phoenix was his fifth straight 30+ pt/10+ reb game w/ 2+ 3FGM, the longest such streak in the NBA in at least 28 seasons.
- Love scored 22 points in the third quarter against Utah on Feb. 22, his highest scoring quarter ever and just shy of the club record for points in a quarter (Chauncey Billups, 24 in 3rd on Feb. 19, 2002); Love's 22-point third period in Utah wrapped up a three-game stretch in which he totaled 55 third-quarter points (15, Feb. 12 vs. Denver; 18, Feb. 19 vs. Indiana; 22, Feb. 22 at Utah).
- From Feb. 12-22, Love hit on 17-of-31 threes over a three-game stretch. Love made 5+ treys in each contest, equaling the longest such streak in the NBA since George McCloud made 5+ three-pointers in six straight games from Feb. 25 - Mar. 5, 1996 and Dennis Scott connected on 5+ treys in five straight games from Feb. 28 - Mar. 5, 1996.
- Love has already recorded 16 games of 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in 54 games this season (three in February); he came into this year having posted 13 such games in his first 287 NBA contests.
* All statistics through February 27