Wolves rout Pacers; Love sets NBA record
MINNEAPOLIS -- Kevin Love recorded his 52nd double-double in a row to surpass Moses Malone for the longest such streak since the ABA and NBA merged in 1976 in the Minnesota Timberwolves' 101-75 over the free-falling Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.
Love overcame a bruised left knee to put up 16 points and 21 rebounds in just 27 minutes to help the Timberwolves win for just the 16th time this season. Love didn't waste any time extending the streak, reaching double figures in points and rebounds with just under seven minutes to play in the first half.
Tyler Hansbrough scored 21 points for the Pacers, who shot a season-low 29 percent to lose their fifth straight game. Forward Danny Granger managed just 10 points on 2-for-19 shooting.
Michael Beasley added 16 points and eight rebounds in 22 minutes for Minnesota.
The Pacers are in the middle of a streak of their own, and it's not a good one. After winning seven of their first eight games following the firing of coach Jim O'Brien, the Pacers have lost seven of their last eight games and are losing by an average of 17 points over the past five.
They entered the night 1½ games ahead of Charlotte for the eighth and final playoff spot and hit a new low in getting blown out by the worst team in the Western Conference.
Hansbrough made two of his first four shots, but his teammates missed their first 15 field goals. The game got out of hand in the third quarter when Indiana scored just two points in the first six minutes to fall behind by 22.
NOTES: Pacers F Josh McRoberts left the game in the second quarter with a sore right knee and did not return. ... Love also set a franchise record early in the third quarter with his 309th offensive rebound of the season. ... Wolves F Wes Johnson did not play in the second half because of an upset stomach. ... Timberwolves F Lazar Hayward missed the game with an illness.