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Lakers Vs. Timberwolves: Kevin Love Joins 20-20 Club Against Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers got the win tonight over the Minnesota Timberwolves, but the star of the game was Kevin Love. The former UCLA Bruin scored 23 points and grabbed 24 rebounds, including 11 on the offensive end. The 24 rebounds by Love are an NBA season high this year. Since the 1986-1987 season -- the earliest season for which full game logs are kept -- Love's game tonight was just the 22nd 20-point, 20-rebound effort, and the first since January 16, 2009.

20-20 Games vs. Lakers Since 1986-87
Player Date Points Rebounds
Kevin Love tonight 23 24
Dwight Howard 1/16/09 25 20
Marcus Camby 4/3/07 21 20
Tyson Chandler 3/23/07 22 22
Emeka Okafor 12/29/06 22 25
Elton Brand 1/17/04 35 20
Dirk Nowitzki 4/3/03 25 22
Tim Duncan 2/14/03 28 20
Jermaine O'Neal 2/4/03 23 20
Kevin Garnett 12/17/99 28 21
Patrick Ewing 2/23/97 34 25
Charles Barkley 12/30/94 31 23
Derrick Coleman 11/29/94 24 20
Chris Webber 11/26/94 22 20
Charles Barkley 4/13/94 20 20
Rony Seikaly 3/21/94 21 21
Larry Johnson 11/24/93 28 22
Shaquille O'Neal 12/30/92 23 23
Charles Barkley 12/18/92 25 23
David Robinson 4/2/91 36 23
Charles Barkley 11/28/88 31 23
Hakeem Olajuwon     2/18/88 20 20
Source: Basketball-Reference.com

Amazingly, 19 different players have had 20-20 games against the Lakers in the last 23+ seasons. Charles Barkley is the only player to turn the trick more than once, with four 20-20 games in his career.

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