Love Breaks Single-Season Double-Double Mark
Kevin Love recorded his 51st straight double-double in Minnesota's close loss to Dallas on Monday night.
He had 23 points and 17 rebounds, tying him with Moses Malone (1978-79) for the longest double-double streak since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976. Malone's streak spanned two seasons, making Love's the longest single-season stretch.
"I'd be jumping for joy if we were winning and everybody was playing great, including myself," Love said. "I'm just going out there and playing hard and it is just kind of happening for me. But it is kind of an afterthought because we aren't winning."
Minnesota is 15-50.
Love received a standing ovation when he extended his streak and loud chants of "M-V-P! M-V-P!" as he shot free throws from the Target Center crowd.
"It felt great to have the crowd on their feet, such a great ovation," Love said. "It's one of those moments where you pinch yourself to see if it's real.
"The Target Center, all the fans, the Twin Cities, all of Minnesota have great all year. They've had our backs. I can't imagine what it's going to be like when we really start winning and turn that corner."