Oklahoma City at Minnesota

Venue: Target Center
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Kevin Love continues to put up outstanding numbers for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Unfortunately, his recent individual efforts haven't translated into many victories.

The Timberwolves will look to avoid their seventh consecutive loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder when the teams meet Wednesday night at the Target Center.

Love continued his impressive stretch by recording his seventh consecutive double-double - and 16th of the season - during Monday night's 121-114 loss at New York.

Love scored a season-high 33 points and pulled down 15 rebounds, and he's averaging 25.0 points and 18.3 boards over his longest double-double run since posting 11 straight Dec. 12-Jan. 1.

"He's putting up numbers like old school numbers. Even before my time kind of numbers," Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis said. "They're just fairly ridiculous and we don't do a whole lot for him, he's just doing it all out there on his own."

Love, whose current streak started with a 24-point, 17-rebound performance in a 117-107 loss at Oklahoma City on Nov. 22, connected on his first three 3-point attempts against the Knicks, setting a franchise record with eight consecutive made 3s after going 5 of 5 in a 129-95 win over Cleveland on Saturday.

"This was a competitive game throughout," Love said after Monday's loss. "It was fun to play in. It just wasn't fun when the final buzzer went off."

Minnesota (5-16) fell for the seventh time in eight games and could be facing more hard times without one of its best defensive players.

Darko Milicic scored 10 points and recorded at least one block for the 17th consecutive game before having to leave with an injured right quadriceps Monday. His status for this game is unknown.

"He has such a high basketball IQ that he really solidifies us as a ball club," Rambis said of Milicic, who scored 21 points against Oklahoma City last month.

The Thunder (14-8) are coming off a 99-90 loss in Chicago on Monday night after shooting a season-worst 35.4 percent from the field.

Kevin Durant went 14 of 14 from the free-throw line and led the way with 29 points, but surprisingly, was held out over the final nine minutes of the third quarter.

"We weren't playing well and I tried to make adjustments, trying to create some more energy," coach Scott Brooks said. "It was my decision. I don't know if it worked or not, but it was important that we figure out how to play better."

Oklahoma City has been outrebounded by an average of 10.2 over its last five losses and will likely need to step up its effort on the glass against the Timberwolves, who are registering an NBA-best 46.7 rebounds per game.

Durant, who ranks among the league's leading scorers with an average of 27.4 points, is shooting 36.4 percent from the floor - 21.4 percent from long distance - on the road compared to 45.9 at home.

The 2008 rookie of the year has averaged 31.0 points while connecting on 52.6 of his field goal attempts over his last three visits to Minnesota.

Russell Westbrook had averaged 28.0 points in his last six games before being held to 15 - his second-lowest total of the season - against the Bulls.

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Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Oklahoma City1st Northwest 5923.72006-4Won 1
Minnesota3rd Northwest 4042.488194-6Lost 3
Injuries
Oklahoma City
PlayerInjury
No injuries reported.
Minnesota
PlayerInjury
S MuhammadKnee
 
Key Players
Kevin<br>Durant
Kevin
Durant
, SF
39.9 Min. Per Game 34.3 Kevin<br>Love
Kevin
Love
, PF
27.4 Pts. Per Game 20.0
2.7 Ast. Per Game 2.1
6.8 Reb. Per Game 15.3
42.1 Field Goal % 44.1
26.6 Three Point % 40.3
92.3 Free Throw % 89.4
 
Team Rankings
TeamRankPoints
Oklahoma City Thunder584.08
Minnesota Timberwolves2762.67
 
Series Game Log
DateLocationResults
 
Other Games
Den 89 Final
Bos 105
Chi 88 Final
Cle 83
Tor 110 Final
NY 113
Det 74 Final
NO 93
Ind 95 Final
Mil 97
GS 94 Final
SA 111
Mem 104 Final
Pho 98
Mia 111 Final
Utah 98
Wash 91 Final
Sac 116
LAL 87 Final
LAC 86