Kevin Love's 33-15 Game Not Enough As Knicks Defeat Timberwolves

Joseph FafinskiCorrespondent IDecember 7, 2010

Amar'e Stoudemire netted 30 for the fifth straight game in the fifth straight win for the Knicks.
Amar'e Stoudemire netted 30 for the fifth straight game in the fifth straight win for the Knicks.Nick Laham/Getty Images

The last time the Minnesota Timberwolves faced the New York Knicks, Kevin Love made history.

It was the first time in 28 years that a player had recorded 30 points and 30 rebounds in a single game, Moses Malone being the last to do so. Love scored 31 points and 31 rebounds and the Wolves won 112-103 in Minneapolis.

That was November 12th, this was December 6th.

Since then the Knicks have transformed into a team that is on a five-game winning streak and playing out-of-this-world basketball at the moment. With stars like Amar'e Stoudemire and Raymond Felton, this team is showing NYC what poise they have to get to the playoffs.

Love put up numbers in this game (33 points and 15 rebounds to be exact), but a poor performance by the rest of the club led to the second-half disaster.

At the half, the Wolves led 61-52, but the same old story of them losing second-half leads was bound to happen after a turnover-prone third quarter that saw a nine-point lead become a four-point deficit.

The Knicks then closed out the deal with a 29-point fourth quarter.

For the Knicks, the win improved their record to 13-9, despite being only 4-5 at home. Amar'e Stoudemire put up his fifth consecutive game with at least 30 points, totaling 34 on Monday night. He became the first Knick to accomplish this since the oft-troubled Stephon Marbury did it in 2005.

Raymond Felton put up a double-double, racking up 18 points with 11 assists. Wilson Chandler also chipped in 21 points.

At one point the Wolves led by 11, making it the third game out of the last four where they have held double-digit leads and failed to close it out. It is become a reoccurring theme for the 5-16 Timberwolves, who moved to 1-11 on the road (gulp!).

They play host the pesky Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night at the Target Center and hope to improve to .500 at home.

The Wolves are desperate to beat a contender, and unfortunately, they couldn't on Monday. The Knicks evened the season series at 1-1 with this victory.

"This was the plan. The plan was to have success" Stoudemire said afterward.

It appears right now that no one, and no one unfortunately includes the Minnesota Timberwolves, can stop Stoudemire or the Knicks.