MINNEAPOLIS » So what was your favorite Kevin Love moment?
Maybe it was one of his franchise-record 31 rebounds. Again: THIRTY-ONE REBOUNDS. Or was it his career-high 31 points?
Or perhaps the way he put a struggling Timberwolves team on his shoulders in the third quarter, scoring 11 points and getting 15 of his team’s 23 rebounds as the Wolves fought back?
Or that time, early in the fourth quarter, when Love nearly shoved an Amare Stoudemire shot back down his throat? Or when he fought off two New York Knicks for a rebound and a putback a few moments later?
We could go on.
Sense a theme here? Hey, Michael Beasley scores 35 points and he’s taking second billing to Love, who was instrumental in the Wolves coming back from a 21-point third-quarter deficit for a 112-103 victory over New York in one of the most entertaining games seen around these parts in a while. The victory gave the Wolves (3-7) their first two-game winning streak of the young season.
But back to Love, please.
He finished with a career-high 31 points and a franchise record in rebounds. His was the first 30-rebound game since Charles Barkley did it in 1996, nearly a generation ago. His was the first 30-30 game since Moses Malone got 32 and 38 for Houston against Seattle on Feb. 11, 1982.
"I just got a good mind-set that every single one was mine," said Love, who had 23 points and 24 rebounds in a loss to the Lakers on Tuesday.
"It seemed like no matter what anybody did I was going to go and get those rebounds. I don’t know what to tell you. I impressed myself. I don’t even know what to say to be honest with you."
The Knicks scored 65 first-half points, 38 in the second. New York was up by 21 in the third quarter when everything changed. The Knicks’ Stoudemire went to the bench early in the quarter with his fourth foul. Still, minutes later, the Knicks led 78-57 on Landry Fields’ 3-pointer. Most of the rest of the quarter belonged to Love and the Wolves, who ended the quarter on a 23-9 run.
The suddenly cooled-down Knicks shot just 7-for-23 in the third quarter, 3-for-10 from 3-point range.
It kept going in the fourth. Corey Brewer had a free throw, Beasley had a drive and Love had a dunk and the Wolves were within 87-85 with 10:47 left.
Out of a timeout Beasley fed Love for a baseline jumper and it was tied.
Down 91-90 minutes later, the Wolves got a deuce from Beasley, a put-back from Love, Love’s free throw and Beasley’s basket for a 97-91 lead. That lead grew to 101-93 on consecutive baskets by Love and Beasley’s jumper. After Wilson Chandler hit a 3-pointer to make it 103-97, Beasley hit another jumper for a 106-97 lead.
"Thirty years from now I can say I was on the floor while history was being made," Beasley said. "It’s great. And we got the win. Just an amazing thing to watch and be a part of."
Jazz 90, Hawks 86
Paul Millsap hit a corner jumper with 1:20 to play and Utah came back from a double-digit, second-half deficit for the fourth consecutive game to beat Atlanta.
The Hawks have lost four straight, including three at home, after winning their first six.
Atlanta led 74-63 with 36 seconds gone in the fourth period before the Jazz put together a 15-4 run to tie it.
In Utah’s previous three games, the Jazz beat the Los Angeles Clippers 109-107 in double-overtime at home after trailing by 16 points at the half. The Jazz then went on the road and overcame double-digit deficits on Tuesday and Wednesday at Miami (22 points) and Orlando (18).
Raptors 110, Magic 106
Sonny Weems made a 3-pointer with 7.1 seconds left and visiting Toronto hit four free throws from there to snap a six-game losing streak.
With the score tied at 103, Weems nailed a 3 over the outstretched arms of Magic center Dwight Howard. Jose Calderon and DeMar DeRozan followed with 4-for-4 shooting from the free-throw line to hold off the Magic. DeRozan finished with 26 points, 11 in the fourth quarter.
Howard had 25 points and eight rebounds. Mickael Pietrus added 24 points on eight 3-pointers, but turned the ball over with the Magic trying to tie the game in the final 7.1 seconds.
Mavericks 99, 76ers 90
Reserve J.J. Barea scored a season-high 19 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 16 despite a sprained ankle suffered Wednesday, and Dallas beat visiting Philadelphia for its third straight victory.
Rockets 102, Pacers 99
Brad Miller and Luis Scola made up for the absence of Yao Ming, and visiting Houston held off Indiana. Miller had 23 points and eight rebounds, while Scola added 16 points in the Rockets’ first game since losing Yao for a least a week with a sprained ankle.
Bobcats 93, Wizards 85
Gerald Wallace had 25 points and 14 rebounds and managed to show nearly as much flash as No. 1 overall pick John Wall (13 points, 11 assists, 4 steals), leading Charlotte over host Washington.
The Bobcats overcame 24 turnovers with a 48-30 rebounding advantage.
Suns 103, Kings 89
Steve Nash had 28 points, 14 assists and even seven rebounds on the day of the birth of his son, and the Suns beat Sacramento in Phoenix for the 10th straight time.
Thunder 110, Blazers 108
Russell Westbrook scored 36 points, Kevin Durant had eight of his 34 during Oklahoma City’s 10-0 run in the final 5 minutes, and the Thunder beat Portland for their second win over the Trail Blazers in eight days.
Pistons 113, Clippers 107, OT
Reserve Charlie Villanueva scored 30 points and Detroit used a 9-0 run in overtime for its first road win in five tries this season.