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Kevin Love records first career triple double in win over Jazz (VIDEO)

Feb 23, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

Given the gaudy numbers that Kevin Love has been known to put up, it’s a bit surprising that he hadn’t managed to record a triple-double performance until Saturday’s win over the Jazz.

Love finished with 37 points on 11-of-20 shooting, to go along with 12 rebounds and 10 assists in what was an historic performance for his franchise.

From Andy Greder of the Pioneer Press:

Love’s 37 points were the most in a triple double in franchise history. It had 22 points in the third quarter. It had a career-high 10 assists. It had 12 rebounds. It happened in only 33 minutes.

“I thought at some point it would happen,” Love said. “I’ve been very close. Happy it was tonight and more happy we got the win.”

You can see why the rumors of Love leaving in free agency continue to surface. He’s a unique offensive talent that at some point should be a part of a championship contender, and Minnesota essentially has one more year to show Love that it can happen with his current team before he can choose free agency in advance of the 2015-16 season.

  1. bballhistorian - Feb 23, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Beast! Hopefully he wont stay with that franchise too long like how KG did.

  2. rgledz - Feb 23, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Brilliant comment Bballhistorian. Your name sake doesn’t transcend into real life apparently. KG played 12 seasons with the Wolves. I hope that K Love “doesn’t stay too long just like KG”. I’d take 12 seasons of K Love.

    • bballhistorian - Feb 23, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      No dummy (rgledz)…if you know anything about the game (or its history) you would know that KG never had a team around him for most of his years, and KG may never have gotten a ring if not for that trade. He was very loyal to Minnesota, almost to his detriment.

      If you rather take Kevin Love for 12 seasons, then go ahead. He’ll just be a ringless player because Minnesota will not be a contender for many, many, many years to come.

  3. spillz121 - Feb 23, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    He’s a compiler not a beast in my opinion, because he doesn’t win despite all the numbers he puts up. His supporting cast is better than Carmelo’s and he doesn’t getting anywhere near as much scrutiny.
    I am interested to see how he would in more pressurized environments like LA or NY. Sooner or later his team had to at least finish .500, let alone make the playoffs

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 23, 2014 at 3:26 PM

      They won this game

  4. scmems07 - Feb 24, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    K love scores 42 pts and grabs 15 boards, meh, he’s alright, he didn’t play d though.

    Melo scores 42 pts and grabs 13 boards on 6 more shots taken (and is a worse defender), dude is one if the best players in the game on a bad team.

    Isn’t it amazing what skin color and perception will do for you.

    • nickjackalson - Feb 24, 2014 at 7:35 AM

      small market vs large market..yet there´s more freedom to be had outside the larger markets..perception is a thing, though I can´t say I´d pick the “baller” over paul bunyan if I had the choice in a pick-up setting

  5. abchome - Feb 24, 2014 at 7:32 AM

    Another big game for Love, another loss for Wolves. He has to leave to prove himself or he will claim the best stat stuffer player who never wins plays a playoffs game.

  6. kb2408 - Feb 24, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    I think it is clear who the best PF in the world is.

  7. billtetley53 - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Well, you can rest assured whoever you say it is, kb2408, you’ll be wrong. You always are.

    Did you need to take a break from posting after your latest colossal misstep?

    You know the one where you said #42, was hanging in the locker at Staples , for love? Not knowing that was Worthys # and was retired?
    Then you come up with that ridiculous cover of Worthy saying it was ok and too look that up, when a person does, lo and behold, no mention of Worthy saying it…

    How do you keep coming to this site after making a fool of yourself time and again?

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