Love set the mark with 40 points on 11-of-24 shooting in Monday's 130-120 loss to the Golden State Warriors. As usual, the three-time All-Star did far more than just put the ball in the basket. He also grabbed 14 rebounds and dished nine assists, putting together a final line not seen since Hall of Famer Artis Gilmore, per NBA Stats:
Not only is Love's 1,991 points a franchise record, but it is the fourth-highest mark in the NBA this season, behind only Kevin Durant (2,551), Carmelo Anthony (2,112) and LeBron James (2,089).
Love has played in 76 games in 2013-14, five off his career-high mark of 81 games that was set in his rookie season (2008-09). He has averaged a career-high 26.2 points, good for fourth in the league.
While he may have passed Garnett for first on the single-season scoring list, he still has a long way to go to match KG's long-term impact on the franchise. The former Wolves power forward—now a member of the Brooklyn Nets—has an astonishing seven of the top 10 scoring seasons in franchise history.
In fact, only two players not named Kevin are in the top 10: Tony Campbell (third, 1989-90) and Al Jefferson (eighth, 2006-07).
|Top 10 scoring seasons in Timberwolves history|
The Timberwolves will conclude their season on Wednesday against the Utah Jazz. If Love plays, he will likely become the first player in franchise history to crack 2,000 regular-season points.
He will have at least one more season to build on his resume in Minnesota, as he is under team control until 2015. He shot down rumors that he has been trying to force his way to the Los Angeles Lakers in an interview with GQ's Steve Marsh: "We have the better team, the better foundation. I'm having fun."
If he remains healthy, Love could very well top his own scoring record next year.
All statistics courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.
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