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Published January 05, 2012, 03:43 PM

Love off to historic start with Timberwolves

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — One of the big questions at the start of the season was whether Kevin Love was a player deserving of a maximum salary extension from the Timberwolves.

By: JON KRAWCZYNSKI, Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — One of the big questions at the start of the season was whether Kevin Love was a player deserving of a maximum salary extension from the Timberwolves.

Love was widely viewed as a terrific complementary player, but one who was at his best when playing off of others and not creating his own offense.

Love is quickly putting all those questions to rest. He is averaging 25.7 points and 15.0 rebounds and is the first player since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1975 to score at least 20 points and grab at least 12 rebounds in his first six games of the season.

The Timberwolves have until Jan. 25 to reach a long-term extension with Love. If they don't, he can become a restricted free agent after this season.

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