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Love's long-range touch returns

The rebounds have always come in bunches for Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin

Kevin Love

LoveLove.The 3-pointers seem to come in streaks.

Love had 39 points and 17 rebounds in the Timberwolves win over the Los Angeles Clippers in a game in which he netted an impressive statistical accomplishment.

Via the Elias Sports Bureau, Love is the first player in NBA history to record consecutive games of at least 35 points and 10 rebounds, making at least five 3-pointers in each game.

Love went 1-for-7 on 3-pointers in his first two games after winning the NBA’s three-point shooting contest. That capped a month in which he went just 8-for-41 on 3-pointers, but he is 10-for-18 from long distance in his last two, with five apiece against the Trail Blazers and Clippers.

Thunder reign on off-night

How good are the Oklahoma City Thunder? Good enough to beat the Dallas Mavericks on a night in which Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant shoot 12-for-38 from the field.

The Thunder had their second-worst shooting night of the season, but improved to 3-0 in 2011-12 when shooting under 40 percent from the field.

Teams shooting below 40 percent from the field entered Monday with a 46-195 record in games this season (.191 winning percentage).

Howard’s Magic Touch

Dwight Howard was 16-for-20 from the field in the Orlando Magic’s 92-88 win over the Toronto Raptors.

Dwight Howard

HowardIt was the ninth time in his career that Howard took at least 15 shots from the field and made at least 80 percent of them. That’s the second-most such games among active players, trailing only Amar’e Stoudemire, who has 11.

Howard's free-throw struggles (4-for-14) cost him a chance at a 40-point, 80-percent shooting game. He's the last player to have such a game, doing so a year ago against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Instead, he became the first player to shoot at least 80 percent from the field and below 30 percent from the free throw line since he did so in March, 2010. The only other player with multiple such games games in the last 20 years is Shaquille O'Neal.

Howard did handle himself alright on the defensive end, holding his man to 2-for-8 shooting, based on Synergy’s video review data.

Team Feat of the Night

The Chicago Bulls outrebounded the Indiana Pacers, 60-32, in Monday’s win. The plus-28 rebounding margin was the biggest by any NBA team against an opponent this season, and the biggest by the Bulls in a game since late in the 1996-97 season when Michael Jordan and company outrebounded the Philadelphia 76ers, 66-32, for their 66th win of the season.

Plus-Minus Note of the Night

Philadelphia 76ers rookie center Nikola Vucevic posted a career-worst -21 in a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

The 76ers got burned by Bucks center Drew Gooden, who finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds, his fifth 20-10 game this season, and Brandon Jennings (33 points), who is averaging 31.3 points in three games this month.