Kevin Love continued a torrid start to the season, finishing with 24 points and 15 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves knocked off the San Antonio Spurs 106-96 on Monday. Love shot 8-15 from the floor and hit 4-9 from beyond the three-point arc. This season, Love is shooting 44 percent on an average of five three-point attempts per game.
The Spurs lost Manu Ginobili to a broken finger early in the game, but it was San Antonio's inability to slow Minnesota's attack that hurt. The Wolves shot 57.7 percent from the floor, negating the team's 19 turnovers and just seven offensive rebounds. Every Wolves starter shot better than 50 percent from the floor, with beguiling second-year wing Wesley Johnson going 6-6.
Ricky Rubio was muted off the bench, with six points on 3-8 shooting and three assists. The Spurs limited turnovers to nine, but had trouble shooting the ball, hitting just 43 percent from the floor.
Love is currently averaging 25 points and 15 rebounds per game. The last player to do that for an entire season was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1975-76; the legend won his fourth of six MVP awards that season.