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Kevin Love scores 33 against Bucks, could be in NBA MVP race

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Kevin Love scored 33 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves won on Saturday (Dec. 28). NBA MVP talk has to include Loves now, especially after he put up all those numbers in just 35 minutes of work. It helped the team win 117-95 and improve to 15-15 on the season. It might be his team's record, though, that keeps him from getting the credit that he deserves on a great season.

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In 29 games for the Wolves this season, he is averaging 26.1 points, 13.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game. He is doing it while playing just 36.3 minutes per night and hitting at a rate of 38.6 percent from three-point range. It puts him third in the league in scoring behind Carmelo Anthony (26.3) and Kevin Durant (28.3). He is first overall in rebounding, just ahead of Dwight Howard (13.4) and DeAndre Jordan (13.3) in that category.

These are remarkable numbers being put up by Kevin Love and it would be a shame if he wasn't in the top five for NBA MVP voting at this point. If the Minnesota Timberwolves end up making it into the Western Conference it will likely put more eyes on him in the final months of the regular season as well. Failing to make the playoffs could turn analysts against him and land the trophy with either LeBron James or Kevin Durant.

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