Kevin Love Leads Scoring Achievement Not Done Since 1962

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffMarch 2, 2014

PORTLAND, OR - FEBRUARY 23:   Kevin Love #42 of the Minnesota Timberwolves stands on the court before the game against the Portland Trail Blazers on February 23, 2014 at the Moda Center Arena in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Love and February go hand-in-hand, so maybe Kevin Love was destined to lead the NBA in scoring last month. However, less conventional is the fact that a remarkable five players averaged at least 30 points per game in February, marking the first time that's happened in a month since February of 1962, via the Elias Sports Bureau.

Joining Love in the 30-point club were Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Blake Griffin

Looking at that group, Griffin's average of exactly 30 points per game came in the fewest nightly minutes (36.0) and with just a trio of made three-pointers all month. The human highlight reel's standout performance came against the Miami Heat Feb. 5, when Griffin tallied 43 points to go with 15 rebounds.

In that same game, LeBron James scored 31 points which was slightly higher than his monthly average of 30.8 per game. The reigning MVP converted over 57 percent of his shot attempts, but a broken nose forced him to sit out one game along the way.

Although Carmelo Anthony's 31.5 per game average ranked third, the Knicks forward easily led the league with 409 total points across 13 February contests, benefiting from a busy schedule. Anthony's 41 made three-pointers also ranked first in the NBA last month. Further, his output came in spite of a season-low 15 points Feb. 9 against the Thunder.

Kevin Durant went for 41 points in that same game, marking his first of three 40-plus outings during February. The NBA's 2013-14 scoring leader posted an average of 33.4 points last month which was actually a notch down from his ridiculous average of 35.9 in January.

While Griffin, James, Anthony and Durant certainly impressed, they could not meet Love's average of 34 points per game. Neck and back soreness limited Love to just nine games played, but the Timberwolves big man failed to reach the 30-point plateau just once and also averaged 14.1 boards per game for good measure.

In all, the five players combined to accomplish something not done in 52 years, providing plenty of NBA action to love in February.