Love In The Record Books
Words can't describe what happened on Friday night at the Target Center. A magical and record-breaking performance from Kevin Love left his head coach almost speechless after the Wolves forward posted the first 30-30 game since 1982.
"Obviously Kevin had an incredible game, those numbers are just stupid numbers," Kurt Rambis reacted. "I don’t even know what to say. I don’t know if I've ever seen those kind of numbers before. I've been in the league for thirty years and I don’t think I've seen those kind of numbers."
Love snatched 31 rebounds in 40 minutes to set a franchise record while tallying the first 30-rebound game in the NBA since Charles Barkley in 1996.
Minnesota faced a 21-point deficit but the tenacious Love took it upon himself to reverse the momentum. In the third quarter, Love grabbed a franchise record 15 boards as New York faltered; only recording 10 team rebounds. In fact, he outrebounded the Knicks 22-17 in the second half.
Love and Michael Beasley debated who filled the Batman and Robin roles in the locker room following the resounding 112-103 victory. The rebounding machine decided to take on the Robin persona as he handed the Batman title to Beasley -- the assassin.
The superhuman effort from Love helped the Wolves win the battle on the glass 56-43 and score 28 second chance points. In his third season, Love has quickly gained a reputation as a dominate rebounder and now finds a spot next to one of the greatest rebounders of all-time, Moses Malone.
"I was telling the bench I was going for 35 rebounds. I don't know what it was. It was just something within. We just didn't want to lose. It was a team effort," Love said.
On a night where the Wolves secured back-to-back victories and Beasley scored 35 points (77 in two games), Love separated from the pack.
31 and 31. A simply stunning evening for Kevin Love.
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