2010-11 NBA Season | Kevin Love Sets New NBA Record With 52nd Consecutive Double Double!Category: Basketball
After being surpassed by Kobe Bryant on the NBA’s All-Time Scoring list yesterday, Moses Malone’s NBA record of 51 consecutive double-doubles since the ABA and NBA merged in 1976 was broken today.
This time, by center Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves who has been grabbing rebounds like a man possessed this season.
This was the same guy who on November 12, 2010, scored 31 points and grabbed 31 rebounds to become the first player in 28 years to have a 30-30 in a single game. The last guy to do the same? Yes, it was Moses Malone.
In the in the Timberwolves 101-75 victory over the Indiana Pacers today, Love had 16 points and 21 rebounds in just 27 minutes to help the Timberwolves win for just the 16th time this season. What’s even more amazing with this feat is that he did it with a bruised and swollen left knee.
In fact, he almost sat out this game and decided to play just 20 minutes before tipoff.
Only nine players in NBA history – both before and after the merger – have had at least 50 double-doubles in a row. Eight of them excluding Love are in the Hall of Fame: Malone, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor, Walt Bellamy, Wilt Chamberlain, Elvin Hayes, Jerry Lucas and Bill Russell.
Next up on the list of longest streaks is Hayes with 55 in a row in 1973-74.
Love is currently leading the NBA in rebounding with a 15.8 per game average. He can also score too averaging 20.8 per game.