It's over but we Love-d it
March, 14, 2011
By ESPN Stats & Info
It was the first time since Nov. 19 against the Lakers that Love didn't reach double figures in both points and rebounds.
With the streak coming to an end, here's a look back at what he accomplished:
• Love put together the longest single-season double-double streak since the NBA/ABA merger (1976-77). He fell just two games shy of tying Elvin Hayes for the longest such streak over the past 40 seasons.
• Over the 53-game stretch Love averaged 21.8 points per game to go along with 16.3 rebounds per game.
• He had three games in which he scored at least 30 points and recorded at least 20 rebounds. Only one other player in the past 10 seasons has had even three such games in a single season, and that was Kevin Garnett, also with the Timberwolves, in 2002-03. (Note: Love had one such game before the streak began, giving him four total this season)
• Love had nine games in which he scored at least 20 points and recorded at least 20 rebounds. He did so in three straight games at one point, joining Kevin Willis (1991-92) as the only two players in the past 25 seasons with three consecutive 20-20 games.
• Love recorded a double-double in the first half 14 times during the streak. That's pretty amazing when you consider that the Timberwolves emerged victorious only 13 times during the streak.
• Love did have some close calls, though, even finishing with exactly 10 points and 10 rebounds in a game against the Memphis Grizzlies in February.
While the streak is over, it doesn't mean the Kevin Love watch should end. Love is on pace to become the first player since Moses Malone during the 1982-83 season to finish with averages of at least 20.0 points per game and 15.0 rebounds per game.
He also has a chance to become the only player since the 3-point line was instituted in the 1979-80 season to average at least 20.0 points and 15.0 rebounds per game while also shooting over 40.0 percent from 3-point range over an entire season.