Double Agent Love

Double Agent Love

Jonah Ballow
Wolves Editor/Writer

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There was only one way for Kevin Love to surpass Kevin Garnett and John Stockton for the most consecutive double-doubles since 2006.

The impressive streak was not going to continue off a routine defensive rebound or a simple layup. Love made sure to enter the record books on a lovable type of play, placing his calling card next to the luminaries of the sport.

On Tuesday night in Houston, the Wolves faced a 95-94 deficit with 5:51 seconds remaining on the game clock. Love already registered 12 boards but needed just one point to keep the streak alive and meanwhile, help his squad earn back-to-back road victories and snap a 13-game losing skid to Houston.

Minnesota searched for an open shooter on the 3-point line as the shot clock dwindled down to seven seconds, forcing Wayne Ellington to drive hard and attempt a one-handed floater inside the lane. The shot bounced high off the back iron and Love predictably found the perfect positioning for the rebound. No. 42 launched from the hardwood, used his outstretched right arm to slightly tip the rock in the middle of four Rockets. After Love's fingertips scraped the ball, it dropped through the net and he moved the Wolves ahead of Houston while waiving a good bye to KG and Stockton. Of course Love recorded a bucket and board on the same play on a night where he became the modern day double-double king.

“It was more sweet than anything because we got the win on the road. I was aware of it and it was really bugging me in the fourth quarter, but I knew we had enough time and I would get it. It was great to be in such good company with two great players like John Stockton and Kevin Garnett. It was very special for me,” a jovial Love told reporters following the win and record-breaking moment.

The Wolves third-year power forward should stand alone in the consecutive double-double conversation. Garnett's streak of 37 stretched over two seasons as opposed to Love's recent achievement with 38 consecutive double-doubles in the first half of the 2010-11 season. Bill Walton had 34 straight in 1976-77 and Garnett posted 33 consecutive double-doubles in the 2005-06 season as well.

“I’m happy that Kevin set the Minnesota double-double record for tonight," a congratulatory Kurt Rambis stated during the postgame meeting with the press. "It means a lot to him and a lot to us as an organization.”

The active streak continues as Love and the Wolves head to Indiana for a Friday night contest against the Pacers. It's been quite a whirlwind week for Love after receiving an All-Star selection from David Stern and now etching his name in the record books. If the former UCLA star continues his propensity for double-double nights, he could pass Moses Malone's mark of 44 consecutive doubles on Friday, February 25 against New Orleans at the Target Center and the all-time record of 50 against Indiana in a home contest.

The accomplishment tastes a bit sweeter with the exhilarating road victory over the Rockets. Love drilled a crucial 3-pointer at the 2:59 mark and the game clincher with 35 seconds left in the game to help Minnesota topple Houston 112-108. He celebrated the victory on top of the Wolves box score, finishing with 20 points and 14 rebounds.

It's time for Malone to snap his head back and look directly behind him because Double Agent Love is in pursuit and ready to take the double-double throne.
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