Kevin Love Goes for 31 and 31, Beasley Adds 35 Points, Wolves Win
The second-year pro out of UCLA scored 31 points, but more impressively, pulled down a franchise-record 31 rebounds. No, that is not a typo. Love's 30-30 game is the first to happen in the NBA since Moses Malone did it in 1982.
Minnesota, down 21 points to the Knicks at one point in the third quarter, rallied behind Love to win in surprising fashion, 112-103 at the Target Center.
Love's frontcourt mate and fellow reserve, Michael Beasley, continued his resurgent play with the T-Wolves. The 2009 draft's No. 2 pick of out Kansas State followed his 42-point, 9-rebound performance against the Kings with a 35-point, 6-rebound effort against New York, shooting an impressive 16-29 from the floor to help lead the Wolves to their second straight win in dramatic fashion.
For Love, who had been struggling with his shot and is still shooting just 39.4 percent, such an outburst was a welcome sight.
He is now averaging a robust 16.6 points and 12.8 rebounds, good for second in the league behind Joakim Noah.
And for the lowly and disappointing Knicks, the struggles and defensive woes continue. New York dropped its record to 3-6 on the season, having now lost four games in a row and ranking 23rd in the league in points allowed.