Love's double-double streak runs to 50 in 103-96 loss to Washington
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Kevin Love put up his 50th consecutive double-double and his third straight 20 point, 20 rebound performance the Minnesota Timberwolves' 103-96 loss to the Washington Wizards.
The Wizards managed to end their seven-game losing streak despite Love's 20 point and 21 rebound game.
Love has now matched Moses Malone's record of 50 consecutive doubled-doubles in a single season. Malone strung together 50 straight to end the 1978-1979 season and added a 51st in the season-opener in 1979-80 before his streak snapped the very next game. Love can match Malone's 51 -- the most since the NBA/ABA merger -- Monday night against the Dallas Mavericks at Target Center.
Love's double-double streak began Nov. 22 against Oklahoma City with a 24 point and 17 rebound performance, a night after going scoreless against the Los Angeles Lakers in a game that he later called the worst of his career.
Love has admitted that that the streak has begun to ware on him in but doesn't feel any pressure going into Monday's game against Dallas.
"There is no pressure," he said. "We have the Macvericks on Monday and that is all I am really thinking about. I'm not worried about the record. I feel like I am playing good basketball right now and a few guys are on this team as well, but as a team we need to put all those guys playing well together and start winning some games."
Double-double number 50 came with the Wolves once again short-handed, playing without Martell Webster (back) and Darko Milicic (family issue) were not on the road trip and rookie Wesley Johnson couldn't make it to the arena because of food poisoning.
Rookie Nikola Pekovic got his sixth start of his career in place of Milicic and followed up his career-high 16 points with another solid performance, scoring 13 points on an impressive 6-of-7 shooting and also added eight boards.
Wayne Ellington got the nod in Johnson's absence for the second-consecutive night scoring 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting, five rebounds and four assits.
In a game that had 21 lead changes, the Wolves had their chances in their second consecutive game but ultimately came up short. Rookie John Wall's 18 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists was good for his 22nd double-double, the most for a Washington since former Wolf Tom Gugliotta in 1992.
The Wolves now come back to Target Center for a three game homestead starting Monday against the Dallas Mavericks and former teammate Corey Brewer.