Kevin Love Sets Modern Era Double-Double Record, Minnesota Timberwolves Win

Joseph FafinskiCorrespondent IMarch 10, 2011

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 03:  Kevin Love #42 of the Minnesota Timberwolves takes a shot as Glen Davis #11 of the Boston Celtics defends on January 3, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Timberwolves 96-93. 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.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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What a night it was at the Target Center on Wednesday; for the first time in a while, it was filled with positive drama.

Kevin Love, nursing a bruised knee, had a shot to surpass the almighty Moses Malone's record (since the ABA-NBA merger almost 40 years ago) of 51 consecutive double-doubles.

Chants of "MVP!" filled the air and, although it won't happen this year, Timberwolves fans can hold out hope for their Love-ly future.

As a spectator, I can confidently say that last night's contest was the first time since Kevin Garnett left that it actually felt like the Big Ticket was in the house.

Midway through the second quarter, Love, with nine points and 11 rebounds at the time, went up for a layup and got hacked by a Pacer underneath. As Love was preparing to shoot the biggest free throw of his NBA career thus far, the entire crowd (which was much larger than usual), myself included, rose to its feet to see K-Love sink his first free throw.

The entirety of the audience gave him a 20-second standing ovation and the P.A. announcer informed the crowd of what was going on, but there didn't even need to be a thorough explanation as everyone was already on their feet.

The T'Wolves had a Love-less fourth quarter and it wasn't because he was injured. He finished with 16 points and 21 rebounds as the team rolled en route to a 101-75 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

It was a spectacular finish to a fantastic night and honestly, I ultimately felt like that 12-year-old boy I was when watching guys like Kevin Garnett, Latrell Sprewell and Sam Cassell ride into victory game after game.

Those teams had won 50-plus contests and even though the Wolves are now just 16-50, it showed what great fans we have up in the Gopher State.

For the first time in years, the Minnesota Timberwolves were truly a beautiful sight.