NBA Game Summary - LA Lakers at Minnesota
(Wednesday, February 13th)
Final Score: LA Lakers 117, Minnesota 92
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Kobe Bryant scored 29 points to lead six Lakers in double figures as Los Angeles waxed the Minnesota Timberwolves for their fourth straight win, 117-92, at Target Center.
Lamar Odom had a triple-double, scoring 10 points to go along with a game-high 16 boards and 10 assists, while Pau Gasol added 19 points and nine rebounds in the victory. Sasha Vujacic totaled 15 points in just 19-plus minutes, taking advantage of extended garbage time in the fourth quarter once the outcome had long been decided.
Derek Fisher contributed 12 and Vladimir Radmanovic added 11 to round out LA's sextet of double-digit scorers. The Lakers shot 48.4 percent and used a 51-44 advantage on the glass en route to their seventh win in eight games in the month of February. They have won eight of their last 10 overall.
"I think we have a great group of guys right now," Radmanovic said. "We had it before, but with the addition of Pau, we got another great player that's helping the team a lot, and I think everybody's playing better.
Al Jefferson led Minnesota with 19 points and nine rebounds, and Randy Foye went for 18 off the bench. Ryan Gomes chipped in 11 points and eight boards for the toothless Wolves, losers of five straight.
"I don't know exactly what it is," Gomes said of Minnesota's sudden slide. "But we've got to get back to it. I think there's (the All-Star) break - we can get away a little bit and refocus on the things that got us to win three out of five (prior to the current losing streak)."
LA jumped out to a 15-2 lead in the opening five and a half minutes and never looked back. Jefferson's slam brought the Wolves within four late in the first, but Vujacic hit a three to send the Lakers to the second with a 30-21 lead.
An 11-4 Lakers burst to close the half - capped by a pair of Odom free throws - made it a 60-44 ballgame at the break.
Fisher's pull-up jumper stretched the LA margin to 77-54 just ahead of the midway point of the third quarter, and the lead was 30, at 96-66, when Bryant converted a three-point play to close out the stanza.
LA's advantage hovered around 30 and ballooned to near 40 during a fourth quarter that was purely academic. Some of the Lakers' deep reserves saw significant minutes, with Bryant, Gasol and Odom enjoying deserved rest on the bench down the stretch.
LA held Minnesota to 40.9 percent shooting from the floor, including just 6- for-19 from three-point range...Minnesota had 16 turnovers and got to the foul line only 13 times, making 10...LA had 29 assists on 45 field goals.
02/13 23:03:09 ET