The NBA’s consummate big forward was at the other end of the floor – a player who has been mentioned as a professional model for Jared Sullinger.

But Kevin Love, despite scoring a fairly typical 27-point, 14-rebound double-double, had nothing for one night on his young opponent.

Sullinger answered with a 24-point, 11-rebound double-double, including 15 points in the fourth quarter of the Celtics’ 101-97 win over Minnesota.

It marked the Celtics’ second straight win, and their fifth in the last seven games.

The Celtics opened the fourth with a 74-69 lead and just enough offense to stay a basket or two ahead – at least until a 4-0 Minnesota run that included a game-tying (84-84) basket from Love with 6:14 left.

Sullinger broke the tie with a 20-footer, and the basket exchange continued through an Alexey Shved 3-pointer for an 89-88 Minnesota lead with 4:23 left.

Sullinger took the lead back with a hoop, but was called for a foul down the other end after clearing out Dante Cunningham while grabbing a defensive board. The Minnesota forward hit the floor in obvious pain, and limped off with an apparent ankle injury.