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Updated: February 24th, 2014 11:52pm
Kevin Love in the midst of franchise record 30-point games streak

Kevin Love in the midst of franchise record 30-point games streak

by Nate Sandell
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The Minnesota Timberwolves may be on the verge of playing themselves out of playoff contention, but that hasn't stopped Kevin Love from putting up record-setting numbers.

Love dropped 31 points in the Wolves' 108-97 loss to Portland on Sunday to extend his streak of consecutive 30-point games to a franchise record five straight.

On top of that streak, the All-Star forward has also recorded 10 straight games with 25-plus points, 10-plus rebounds. Three more of such games would equal the longest run in the NBA since 2001 when Shaquille O'Neal did so with 13 consecutive.

After a stretch that saw him notch his first career triple-double, Love earned his second Western Conference Player of the Weeks honor of the season on Monday. In three games, he averaged 36.7 points and 12.7 rebounds, and shot 46.4 percent from three-point range.

More than two-thirds of the way into the season, Love is on track to become the first player since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1975-76) to average 26 points, 13 rebounds and four assists in a season. He is right on the pace in each category (26.5 ppg, 13.2 rpg, 4 apg).

Love's last five games

Feb. 23: Vs. Portland - 31 points (11-of-21, 52.4%), 10 rebounds, 0 assists
Feb. 22: Vs. Utah - 37 points (11-of-20, 55%), 12 rebounds, 10 assists
Feb. 19: Vs. Indiana - 42 points (14-of-22, 63.6%), 16 rebounds, 1 assist
Feb. 12: Vs. Denver - 32 points (11-of-20, 55%), 11 rebounds, 8 assists
Feb. 10: Vs. Houston - 31 points (9-of-23, 39.1%), 10 rebounds, 1 assist

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