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Lovely start: Kevin Love takes game to another level to put injury plagued 12-13 behind him

  • Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love leaps for a ball as it goes out of bounds during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 109-107. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love leaps for a ball as it goes out of bounds during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 109-107. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken on Friday, Nov. 8, 2103, Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love  passes the ball during an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks. Love has often been criticized for being more concerned about racking up stats than making his teammates better, but he took that criticism to heart and has taken his game and team to another level this season, averaging a career-high 5.0 assists per game.(AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    In this photo taken on Friday, Nov. 8, 2103, Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love passes the ball during an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks. Love has often been criticized for being more concerned about racking up stats than making his teammates better, but he took that criticism to heart and has taken his game and team to another level this season, averaging a career-high 5.0 assists per game.(AP Photo/Jim Mone)  (The Associated Press)

  • Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love smiles after a three-point shot in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, in Minneapolis. Love led the Timberwolves with 33 points in the team's 124-95 win. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love smiles after a three-point shot in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, in Minneapolis. Love led the Timberwolves with 33 points in the team's 124-95 win. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)  (The Associated Press)

Kevin Love is making up for lost time in a hurry.

After a disappointing, injury-filled season a year ago, Love has made a triumphant return to the Minnesota Timberwolves. He is averaging 27.1 points and 14.2 rebounds to lead the Wolves to a 6-3 start. Love is averaging 5.1 assists as well. That's more than double his career average.

It's helped Love answer critics about his ability to make his teammates better. Love says improvements to the roster have helped him raise his game to another level.

Love says he knows he's been viewed as a guy who is more concerned about getting his numbers than helping his team win. This season, he is doing both.

The Wolves next play at Denver on Friday.