What a month, what a season it has been for Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love!
His latest effort was 40 points and 19 rebounds in the T'wolves' 88-83 victory Wednesday at the Charlotte Bobcats. That's 45% of Minnesota's scoring done by Love, who registered his 10th 30-point/15-rebound game of the season.
The rest of the NBA — 10 such games combined.
Love has scored 40 points three times this season, all this month, second only to the Lakers' Kobe Bryant (four times).
And with 469 points and 211 rebounds this month, Love is just 31 points and eight rebounds from surpassing Shaquille O'Neal for the most in those categories in a single month in the NBA in the last 15 years. O'Neal (499 points/218 rebounds) accomplished that in 2001, also in March, with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Love gets a crack at that Friday against the Boston Celtics, the T'wolves' final game of the month. But in four career games against the Celtics, Love has averaged 10.5 points and 12.5 rebounds. The T'Wolves have lost nine in a row to the Celtics.
Here are the top scorers this month:
F Kevin Love, T'wolves: 15 games, 31.3 ppg, 469 pts, 47.4% FG, 99-of-127 FTs
F Kevin Durant, Thunder: 15 games, 28.0 ppg, 420 pts, 48.3% FG, 107-of-121 FTs
G Kobe Bryant, Lakers: 15 games, 27.9 ppg, 418 pts, 41.0% FG, 71-of-88 FTs
G Russell Westbrook, Thunder: 15 games, 25.9 ppg, 389 pts, 49.3% FG, 71-of-88 FTs
G LeBron James, Heat: 14 games, 25.1 ppg, 352 pts, 50.5% FG, 64-of-87 FTs
Love, in just his fourth season, leads all active players in 30-point/20-rebound games. His latest was Sunday against the Denver Nuggets (30 points, 21 rebounds):
6 — F Tim Duncan, Spurs
6 — C Dwight Howard, Magic
5 — F Kevin Garnett, T'wolves and Celtics
3 — F Zach Randolph, Trail Blazers, Knicks, Clippers, Grizzlies