Kevin Love Sets Timberwolves Franchise Record for Consecutive 30-Point Games

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffFebruary 26, 2014

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) yells after hitting a three pointer against the Phoenix Suns during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
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Power forward Kevin Love made Minnesota Timberwolves history on Tuesday, topping the 30-point mark for a franchise-record sixth consecutive game in a 110-101 victory over the Phoenix Suns

Tuesday's 32-point performance capped off a historic month of February for the three-time All Star, who is arguably enjoying the finest season of his career.

In addition to the six consecutive 30-point games, Love became the first NBA player since Moses Malone in March 1982 to record at least 34 points and 14 rebounds per game in a calendar month, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Of course, Love did miss two games in February, and the All-Star break meant that the Timberwolves only had 12 games scheduled during the month in the first place. All in all, Love played just 10 games in February, while Malone played 16 games in a 29-day stretch during his historic run.

Though Love's February doesn't quite match up to what the legendary Malone did in March 1982, the star power forward still probably had the best individual month in Timberwolves franchise history—Love's 34 points per game in February set a franchise record for scoring average in a calendar month, as per the T-Wolves official Twitter account.

Incredibly, no other player in Timberwolves history has averaged 30 points per game for an entire month, while Love has now accomplished the feat on three separate occasions.

Widely considered the second-best player in franchise history, Love still has a long way to go before he can hold a candle to Kevin Garnett. An all-out assault on the franchise record books is a nice place to start, but Love still hasn't made the playoffs, a feat that KG accomplished in eight consecutive seasons with the Timberwolves.

Heading into Sunday's game against the Sacramento Kings, Minnesota (28-29) is 5.5 games behind the Suns (33-23) for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. Tuesday's win over the Suns was a great start, but Love still faces an uphill battle.