After exploding for 42 points and 16 rebounds in Wednesday's 104-91 win over the Indiana Pacers, Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves has compiled at least 25 points and 10 boards in eight consecutive games. It represents the longest such streak in the NBA since Shaquille O'Neal had nine straight 25-10 games for the Miami Heat back in January 2005.
With season averages of 26.2 points and 13.3 rebounds, it comes as little surprise that Love has made a run at surpassing O'Neal's streak. After dealing with a hand injury last season that limited him to 18 games and resulted in an ugly 35.2 percent shooting mark from the field when healthy, Love has reemerged as one of the game's best players, earning his first career All-Star starting nod in this past Sunday's game.
It's his proficiency from beyond the arc that makes the 6'10" Love an especially unique breed of big man, as his 119 three-pointers this season lead the Wolves and rank 13th in the NBA.
In knocking down five of his 10 three-point attempts in Wednesday's win, Love is now responsible for two of the three games in NBA history in which a player has posted 40 points, 15 rebounds and five made threes in a game.
Love previously notched that milestone for the first time in a March 2012 loss to the Thunder, joining Vince Carter (46-16-7 with the Nets in April 2007) in the history books. Incredibly, Carter also had 10 assists in that game to finish with a triple-double.