The Stat Line Of The Night — 2/27/11 — Kevin Love
Kevin Love entered last night’s game against the Golden State Warriors on an impressive streak that has seen him record a double-double in 45 consecutive game. It took him less than a half to make it 46 games in a row as Love not only kept his streak going, but he did so in a big way, helping his Minnesota Timberwolves earn the 126-123 victory in the process.
By the time the first half buzzer sounded, Love had already reached the 20/10 mark. He was at the 30/20 mark by the end of the third quarter, and he eventually finished with an incredible 37 points and 23 rebounds, with seven of those rebounds would come at the offensive end. Love would also go to the charity stripe a total of 23 times, making good on 18 of those attempts, while hitting 3 of 4 from three-point range.
A fifth-overall pick in the 2008 NBA entry draft, Love had a rather quite first two seasons of his career, but he has made plenty of noise in his third season, averaging 21 points and 15.5 rebounds. His 37 points and 23 rebounds last night was his fourth 30/20 performance of the season, leaving him only one behind Shaq, who recorded five 30/20 games during the 1999-2000 season. With 22 games remaining this season, Love may still have time to catch “The Big Diesel”, but for now he earns our “Stat Line of the Night” for Sunday, February 27, 2011.