Kevin Love Sets Minnesota Timberwolves Single-Season Record for Made 3-Pointers

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMarch 9, 2014

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Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love is the ultimate stretch-4, and he proved so on Sunday night against the Toronto Raptors

On an evening when Love fell one assist shy of compiling his second triple-double of the season, he broke the single-season franchise record for made three-point field-goals: 

In doing so, Love passed previous record-holder and former lottery pick, Rashad McCants, who set the bar at 142 made triples during the 2007-08 season. 

All told, Love finished with 26 points on 9-of-21 shooting (4-of-9 from three), 11 rebounds and nine assists in the Timberwolves' 111-104 loss to the Raptors. 

Following Sunday night's performance, Love needs just 72 more threes to pass Anthony Peeler for the most in franchise history and officially solidify his place as the Timberwolves' most esteemed shooter from beyond the arc. 

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This season, Love ranks first among all power forwards in three-pointers made and attempted, and is the only non-guard or swingman to grade out among the top 15 in those same categories. 

In addition, if Love continues on his current pace, he'll become only the fifth player in league history to average at least 26 points, 13 rebounds and four assists in a single season, according to Basketball-Reference

Love would also be the first player since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1975-76 to post those numbers and would be the first to ever do so while simultaneously shooting better than 30 percent from three, per Basketball-Reference

“It’s unbelievable because he does it all the time sometimes we don’t realize how big it is,” guard Ricky Rubio said following Love's triple-double against the Utah Jazz, per's Mark Remme. “He puts up video game numbers, and it’s just fun to play with him.” 

Although the Timberwolves are fading out of the Western Conference playoff race at an alarming rate, Love's brilliance is giving fans a reason to keep coming back night after night.