Kevin Love has a historic night in 112-103 win over the Knicks
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MINNEAPOLIS -- After the 117-116 opening night loss to the Sacramento Kings, in which Kevin Love was on the bench down the stretch, a reporter asked Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Kurt Rambis why his best player wasn't playing in the 4th quarter.
"Who says he's the best player?" Rambis responded.
Anyone who was in Target Center Friday to witness Love's historic, non-televised, 31 point 31 rebound 5 assist performance would no doubt say he is.
"Those numbers are stupid. I don't even know what to say," said Rambis after Friday's game. "I've been in the league for thirty years and I don't know if I've ever seen those kind of numbers before."
The last player to score 30 points and grab 30 rebounds in a game before Love did it in Friday's 112-103 win over the New York Knicks? Moses Malone. Not bad company, aye?
"I can't believe it myself. I don't know what to say," Love said.
Love became just the 19th player in NBA history to go for 30 points and 30 rebounds.
And to think, everyone thought Love's 20-20-5 performance against the Lakers Tuesday night was impressive.
Love was pulled with :36 seconds left in the game to a standing ovation with a decibel level not heard inside Target Center since Kevin Garnett was traded.
"The crowd was unbelievable tonight," Love said. "I haven't seen the Target Center like that in a long time."
People were seen in the 3rd quarter Friday night, and can you blame them? The Wolves were down as many as 21 and it appeared Kevin Love was having an off night with just six points and eight rebounds at the half.
The Wolves went on to outscore the Knicks 61-38 in the second half and Love turned in a performance Wolves fans will not soon forget.
Oh, and lost in the the Love shuffle, Michael Beasley became the second player in franchise history to have 35+ points in consecutive nights. Beasley turned in a 35 point 6 rebound 4 assist performance following his career-high 42 point game against the Kings Wednesday night.
It doesn't take an NBA insider to see that Love and Beasley appear to be the future of this franchise and they seem to know it too.
In the locker room after the game, Beasley decided, "I am Superman and he is Batman."