The Lakers had pushed the lead to as many as 18 points, but in the final two minutes of the contest, Minnesota was able to cut it to single digits. But ultimately they ran out of time in this one as they tried to 'play the fouling game' with under 20 seconds remaining. A three by Webster with just a couple ticks on the clock gave us a final: Lakers win 92-97.
Kevin Love played through wit a sprained thumb, Michael Beasley sat out with a toe injury. New Laker Ramon Sessions made his debut, Jordan Hill didn't however (because Derek Fisher hasn't had his physical yet--deal technically not official, yet).
Minnesota falls to under .500 with this loss: 22-23 and to 10-11 on the road. The Lakers improve to 28-16 on the year and are now an NBA-best 18-2 at home.
Let's take a look at some of the individual statistics from tonight's game for each team...
Kevin Love: 27pts, 15reb, 1stl, 1to, 5fls, 11-24 FG, 2-6 3PT, 3-4 FT in 37 min.
N. Pekovic: 20pts, 12reb, 1stl, 1blk, 3tos, 2fls, 6-18 FG, 8-12 FT in 39 min.
Luke Ridnour: 12pts, 4reb, 11ast, 2fls, 5-12 FG, 0-2 3PT, 2-3 FT in 31 min.
M. Webster: 12pts, 5reb, 4ast, 1stl, 1to, 2fls, 5-9 FG, 2-4 3PT in 34 min.
Kobe Bryant: 28pts, 4reb, 3ast, 1stl, 2blks, 4tos, 1fl, 9-20 FG, 5-8 3PT, 5-7 FT in 38 min.
Pau Gasol: 17pts, 11reb, 2ast, 3blks, 1to, 3fls, 6-13 FG, 5-6 FT in 32 min.
Matt Barnest: 17pts, 3reb, 1ast, 2stls, 1blk, 1fl, 6-9 FG, 3-4 3PT, 2-2 FT in 20 bench min.
Andrew Bynum: 15pts, 14reb, 2ast, 1stl, 2blks, 3tos, 4-13 FG, 7-8 FT in 39 min.
The "Big Three" were key and the knockout punch was 17 from Matt Barnes off the bench in 20 minutes. He scored 10 in the second quarter & 7 in the fourth quarter. Kobe was Kobe, he did his most damage with 9 in the first quarter and 11 in the third quarter.
Let's take a look at the team stats from tonight's game...
Fast Break PTS
PTS in the Paint
Team TO's (PTS off)
Evidence of that? Minnesota won the battle of the boards, 55-47 by a +8. They had more fast break points (a +2). A +14 in points in the paint as well as less turnovers leading to less opponent points!
That's all for now. The TWolves are back in action Sunday in Sacramento vs. the Kings. Until then, thanks for reading HOWL and GO WOLVES!