Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love overcame a bruised left knee to set an NBA record with his 52nd consecutive double-double in a 101-75 win over the Indiana Pacers.
Kevin Love sets NBA record with 52nd consecutive double-double
MINNEAPOLIS // Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love overcame a bruised left knee to set an NBA record with his 52nd consecutive double-double in a 101-75 win over the Indiana Pacers.
Playing with a brace on his left knee, Love wasted little time grabbing 10 rebounds and scoring his 10th point near the midway mark of the second quarter to surpass Moses Malone, who set the previous record, over two seasons, in 1979.
Love, who finished the game with 16 points and 21 rebounds, injured his knee on Monday against the Dallas Mavericks and was not sure if he would play until shortly before the game.
Carmelo Anthony redeemed himself for a needless foul by sinking the winning basket with under a second to play as the New York Knicks salvaged a 110-108 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Grizzlies tied the score at 108 with 14 seconds left when Zach Randolph was fouled by Anthony while shooting a two-point basket and he completed the three-point play by hitting the free throw.
The Knicks held a 14-point lead at the start of the fourth quarter but allowed the Grizzlies to get back into the game at the free throw line where they converted all 10 opportunities in the quarter.
Anthony had a game-high 31 points and Amar'e Stoudemire added 26, while Tony Allen led the Grizzlies with 22 points and Darrell Arthur came off the bench to score 21 points, including 13 points in the fourth quarter.
Jarrett Jack hit three free throws to complete an unlikely 8-0 New Orleans run inside the final 1:13, as the Hornets completed a stunning 110-108 win over the Dallas Mavericks.
The Hornets trailed 92-85, then Marco Belinelli hit a three and Emeka Okafor put back Belinelli's missed reverse layup.
Dallas' Tyson Chandler, who had 16 points and 13 rebounds in his return from a sprained ankle, missed two free throws with 17 seconds to go, leaving the game up for grabs.
Jason Kidd fouled Jack on a three-point attempt, setting up Jack's decisive free throws with 8.4 seconds left. Jack finished with 21 points.
Dallas still had one more chance to win it, but for the second time in New Orleans this season, Dirk Nowitzki was unable to convert.
Elsewhere, A 20-13 final quarter set up the New Jersey Nets for a 94-90 success over the Golden State Warriors, with Brook Lopez (26) and Anthony Morrow (22) leading the effort.
The Utah Jazz won the final quarter 26-16 to come from behind and defeat the Toronto Raptors 96-94 at Air Canada Center.
The Orlando Magic also saved the best until last, with a 30-23 final quarter earning them a 106-102 win over the Sacramento Kings, for whom DeMarcus Cousins (29) was the game's top scorer.
The Chicago Bulls defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 101-84 and the Los Angeles Clippers saw off the Boston Celtics 108-103.
Kevin Durant (34) and Russell Westbrook (27) led the scoring as the Oklahoma City Thunder scored a 110-105 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center.
The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-90, with a 39-22 second quarter doing most of the damage, while the San Antonio Spurs downed the Detroit Pistons 111-104.