Kevin Love puts together NBA's first 30-30 game since 1982
Kevin Love? Kevin Love!
The Minnesota Timberwolves power forward put together a game like the NBA hasn't seen in years: he scored 31 points and had 31 rebounds, becoming the first player since Moses "If you ain't got the ball, you can't shoot the ball" Malone in 1982 to have a 30-30 game.
And, yes, it counts even though it came against the New York Knicks, who gacked a 21-point lead as the Wolves won, 112-103 Friday night.
"Me and KLove were on the bench when they called a timeout in the third quarter," Beasley said, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "And KLove whispers in my ear, 'I'm going for 30 tonight.' I said, '30 what?' "
You can't blame him for wondering. It wasn't like Love was on fire from the opening tip. He was 2-for-8 in the first half. "I got in a good mindset," he said. "I said, 'Every one is mine.' ... I don't know what it was. Something within."
Man i got to get props when they are due. Kevin Love went ham tonight!! S/O to him. Historical Night
It didn't come completely out of the blue. On Tuesday, Love put together a 20-20 game against the Lakers, becoming the second player in Wolves history to record a 20-point, 20-rebound, five-assist game and the youngest (at 22) in the NBA to do it since Shaquille O'Neal in 1993.
Gaudy? Sure, but Love helped his team win. Minnesota trailed by 21 with over 9 minutes left in the third quarter when "something within" surfaced. He scored 11 points and had 15 of Minnesota's 20 third-quarter rebounds as the Knicks' lead shrank to 10. In the fourth quarter, Love had 14 points and seven rebounds.
The game comes at a good time for Love (frankly, is there ever a bad time for a game like this?), Chris Mannix of SI.com writes. His coach, Kurt Rambis, has limited his minutes; he's averaging 16.6 points and 12.8 rebounds. He might rethink that now. Love is in a zone; he wrote about rebounding for GQ.
"For me, rebounding is all a mindset. My dad told me back in the day that there is no such thing as a selfish rebound because it's a team stat. If you have to fight one of your own teammates for a rebound, do it -- as long as you get it. Also, I studied the greats. Dennis Rodman had it figured out: he knew that most shots are going to come to the other side of the rim. So that's how I position myself. And Bill Russell always used to say that 80 percent of rebounds are below the rim. I'm not the kind of guy who's going to jump and touch the top of the square every time. I use my body for positioning, and I work relentlessly underneath the rim. You don't have to be the most athletic guy in the world to get a bunch of rebounds, so I just try and take what my dad said to heart, what Rodman said to heart, and most importantly what Bill Russell said to heart. He's got 11 championship rings so I think he knows what he's talking about."
| November 13, 2010; 5:54 AM ET
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