Though Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 63 points, it was Love—along with Nikola Pekovic—who stole the show.
Minnesota's star forward posted a near triple-double, putting up 28 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in 40 minutes of action. He even swatted away two shots as well.
But, what was the result? A victory over the most dominant team in the NBA.
One that culminated in a social media explosion from the game's onset.
No really, I'm not even kidding. The night began with Reggie Miller making an oh-so-incorrect assessment of Love's emergence:
"Think about Kevin Love--he came out of nowhere..." - Reggie Miller. Kevin Love was the number 5 pick in the 2008 draft.— netw3rk (@netw3rk) December 21, 2012
Story of the game for the Thunder: nobody can guard anybody.— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) December 21, 2012
Now, while I will in no way attempt to discredit the ever-so-honest impostor who actually admits he's not Bill Walton, Love's dominance spurred the following indiscernible depiction:
Kevin Love is weaving stories of legend tonight as a mysterious dragon born brute warrior assaulting the sky and destroying the Thunder!— Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) December 21, 2012
While I honestly have little-to-no idea what he was trying to convey there, I have no trouble interpreting Zach Harper of CBSSports.com's assessment of Love's passing:
Love's passing inside to Pek is fantastic tonight.— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) December 21, 2012
For those wondering, the seven dimes Love dished out actually tied his career high.
For those also wondering, the Thunder seemed to become visibly frustrated by Love's relentless efforts:
Kevin Love just took a shot to the face that would make even @kimkardashian cringe. Oh, the humanity!— Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) December 21, 2012
I'm not sure Oklahoma City's actual jab compares to the proverbial one Sportscenter delivers by paying homage to J.J. Barea instead of Love:
Thunder down, for the first time in 13 games.J.J. Barea's big 14-point 4th quarter keys @mntimberwolves' 99-93 win.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 21, 2012
Fear not, though, because as always, Bleacher Report delivered a much appreciated, healthy dose of truth:
The Timberwolves break the Thunder 12-game win streak 99-93 behind double-doubles from both Love and Pekovic on the first game on #NBAonTNT— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 21, 2012
What also turns out to be true is that Love led the Timberwolves to their first victory over the Thunder in 13 tries:
Streaks busted. Wolves win 99-93, snap Thunder's 12-game win streak overall ... 1st Wolves win in last 13 games vs Thunder— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 21, 2012
But it wasn't just a victory for Minnesota but UCLA as well. That is Love's Alma Mater, after all. Oh, Westbrook went there, too? Damn:
We just watched a Bruin (Kevin Love) beat a Bruin (Russell Westbrook). Now we are watching another Bruin (Darren Collison). #UCLA rules all!— Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) December 21, 2012
Speaking of both Love and Westbrook, we saw a Bruin block a fellow Bruin when Love—emphatically, I might add—sent one of Westbrook's shots back.
Just in case you missed it, here's what the demonstratively monstrous rejection looked like:
Why is that important?
Because after the game, we were able to see that Love invoked a sense of utter amazement coupled with bewilderment on the face of Pekovic as a result:
CJ Fogler (@cjzero) December 21, 2012
Or was Pekovic's look of confusion the result of one fan suggesting the Los Angeles Lakers can pry Love out of Minny? Thankfully, Andy Kamentsky of ESPNLosAngeles.com puts such nonsense to bed. Sorry, Tinseltown:
@ericmherrera There's nobody on the Lakers' roster Minny would take for Kevin Love.Period.AK— Kamenetzky Brothers (@KamBrothers) December 21, 2012
For those that care about things outside of whimsical trade suggestions, Love's performance did earn him stat line of the night:
If you ask me, Love also deserves to win snapshot of the night as well:
This picture of Kevin Love is my favoritetwitpic.com/bnuao6— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) December 21, 2012
I mean, come on. How could a face like that lose?
Apparently, it cannot. Just ask the Thunder.
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