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With his assist numbers up, Kevin Love on a historic pace this season

With his assist numbers up, Kevin Love on a historic pace this season

by Nate Sandell
1500ESPN.com
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Posting eye-catching numbers isn't anything new for Kevin Love, but he is doing so this season at a near-historic rate.

On top of recording his NBA-leading 20th double-double of the season (26 points, 15 rebounds), Love added five assists in the Timberwolves' 19-point comeback against the 76ers on Wednesday

It marked the fifth time in 21 games that Love has hit the 25-point, 15-rebound, 5-assist threshold. No other player in the NBA has replicated that stat line this year.

Only seven other players since 1985 have reached the same 25-15-5 line more than six times in a season. Twenty-two games into the season, Love is already poised to climb up that list. Shaquille O'Neal holds the top mark with 12 games of 25-15-5.

• Love has had 11 career games with six or more assists. Six of those have come this season, including two eight-assist games -- his second highest career total.

• If Love can keep pace with his current 23.9 points, 13.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game average, he would become only the fifth player in NBA history to have done so (Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor and Kevin Garnett).

• Love currently has the fourth-most All-Star votes (275,506) among forwards and centers on the Western Conference's ballot. Love is a two-time All-Star.

Nate Sandell is a contributor to 1500ESPN.com.
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