x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Kevin Love is on the double-double but cannot halt the charging Mavericks

Love ties the all-time NBA mark with his 51st consecutive double-double but cannot prevent the Minnesota Timberwolves from losing to Dallas 108-105.

MINNEAPOLIS // Kevin Love tied the all-time NBA mark with his 51st consecutive double-double on Monday, though he could not prevent the Minnesota Timberwolves from losing to the Dallas Mavericks 108-105.

Love recorded 23 points and 17 rebounds to join Moses Malone, who set his 51-game record over two seasons from December 1978 to October 1979, for the longest streak of games with at least 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The third-year forward will have a chance to break the record when the Timberwolves play the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.

Love, a first-time All-Star this season, is enjoying a breakout campaign and entered Monday night averaging 20.9 points and a league-leading 15.7 rebounds.

Elsewhere, The New York Knicks were Monday's top scorers in the NBA, defeating the Utah Jazz 131-109.

Carmelo Anthony (34) and Amar'e Stoudemire (31) shone for the victors, but Utah's Al Jefferson 36 points made him the game's top marksman.

The Los Angeles Clippers edged all four quarters to see off the Charlotte Bobcats 92-87, with the losers' Gerald Henderson leading all scorers with 20.

LaMarcus Aldridge poured in 24 for the Portland Trail Blazers in their 89-85 defeat of the Orlando Magic, for whom Jason Richardson (22) top-scored.

Derrick Rose's 24 points were the highlight of the Chicago Bulls' 85-77 success over the New Orleans Hornets, while the Memphis Grizzlies also made home advantage pay with a 107-101 defeat of the Oklahoma City Thunder — whose Russell Westbrook (27) led all scorers.

The Houston Rockets lost the first quarter of their match against the Sacramento Kings but recovered in style to record a 123-101 victory.