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99

Timberwolves

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109
Lakers
LAL

(16 - 32)
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MIN

(24 - 24)
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 FINAL
26 26 26 21 99
38 30 21 20 109

Lakers Leaders

24 PTS
Nick Young
9 REB
Wesley Johnson
9 AST
Steve Nash

Game Starters

LAL MIN
W. Johnson SF C. Brewer
R. Kelly PF K. Love
R. Sacre C R. Turiaf
S. Blake SG K. Martin
S. Nash PG R. Rubio

Injury Report

LAL

K. Bryant: Knee Out until late February

S. Nash: Back Questionable

S. Blake: Elbow Questionable

X. Henry: Knee Out until early February

J. Farmar: Hamstring Out until early February

P. Gasol: Groin Out until early February

MIN

N. Pekovic: Achilles Out

Love, Timberwolves Hand Lakers 7th Straight Loss

By Dave Campbell | February 04, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Kevin Love had

31 points and 17 rebounds for Minnesota, spoiling Steve Nash's return for languishing Los Angeles and leading the Timberwolves to a 109-99 victory Tuesday night that stuck the Lakers with their seventh straight defeat.

Kevin Martin scored 14 of his season-high-tying 32 points in the opening 10 minutes to help the Timberwolves start strong, and the NBA's highest-scoring first-quarter team surged to a 25-point lead midway through the second period.

Nash had been sidelined since Nov. 10 because of nerve problems in his back. The soon-to-be-40-year-old two-time league MVP had seven points and nine assists in 25 minutes, about 10 more than he was supposed to play.

Steve Blake also returned, coming back from a torn ligament in his right elbow that had shelved him since Dec. 10. He ruptured his eardrum during the game but kept playing on another night of bad luck and bad defense for the fallen franchise. Blake was scoreless in 31 minutes.

Jodie Meeks (sprained right ankle, first quarter) and backup Jordan Hill (headache and neck strain, first quarter) went down for the Lakers, who have been without star Kobe Bryant for most of the season. Pau Gasol sat out with a strained right groin and could be out until after the All-Star break.

The Lakers' reserves had a whopping 70 points, with Nick Young (24 points), Manny Harris (17 points) and former Timberwolves first-round draft pick Wes Johnson (15 points and nine rebounds) leading the way. But the Lakers still lost for the 19th time in their last 22 games and fell into a tie for last place in the Western Conference with Utah and Sacramento.

This was also their first loss at Target Center in almost seven years, ending an 11-game run. Those visits by the Lakers, who once called Minneapolis home, fired up the crowd like no other opponent. But this was quite the tame atmosphere, with all that prestige and intimidation vanished.
After a crisp show of fast breaks and ball movement for much of the night, this felt like a football game by the end. Love landed hard on the court on his back while being fouled by Robert Sacre, but he walked carefully back to the free-throw line after a timeout to sink both shots and push the lead to 102-91 with 4:10 left.

The Lakers have allowed 100-plus points in 15 straight games, their longest such streak since 17 in a row during the 1986-87 season.

With Nikola Pekovic likely out through the All-Star break, the Wolves started a difficult, crucial week, a theme of coach Rick Adelman's pregame message. They play at Oklahoma City on Wednesday and New Orleans on Friday before hosting Portland on Saturday.

They shot only 27 for 38 from the line and let the Lakers creep back into a competitive range in the second half, as close as seven points, and Adelman looked disgusted after several mistakes made by his team. But Love picked up the Wolves and carried them to an important win, playing the part of Pekovic by throwing his body at the basket as often as he could. He had 18 free throws, making 13.

NOTES: This was the seventh time this season that Love had at least 30 points and 15 rebounds. He has 25 for his career, one more than Kevin Garnett on the franchise's career list. ... Nash sported a red-gray beard at the morning shootaround but was clean shaven for the game. ... Timberwolves C Gorgui Dieng suffered a bruise on his forehead in the second quarter and didn't return.

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Game Notes

All-Time Series Notes: The Lakers had a 22-game win streak against the Timberwolves from
3/18/07 to 3/27/13, which was the second longest streak for wins against an opponent in Lakers
franchise history; ranking ahead of the 19-straight victories over the Dallas Mavericks from 1995-
99, but behind a franchise record 24 consecutive victories over the Kansas City/Sacramento
Kings from 1983-88… At STAPLES Center, the Lakers are 23-5 all-time against the
Timberwolves and have won 14 of their last 15 meetings in Los Angeles ... In Minnesota, the
Lakers have won 11 straight at Target Center... In Minnesota 3/9/12, Kobe Bryant became the
youngest player in NBA history to record 29,000 points (5th ever to do so)... In their first meeting
of the 2011-12 season (1/29/12 at Target Center), Bryant passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the
Lakers franchise leader in field goals made. In that same game, the Lakers posted zero steals
for only the second time in franchise history while Minnesota matched a then opponent franchise
record for fewest turnovers in a game with four (Oklahoma City tied an NBA record in 2012-13
against the Lakers with two turnovers)… In 2007, Bryant scored 50 points 3/18/07 vs. MIN,
becoming the first Laker since Elgin Baylor in December of 1962 to post consecutive 50-point
games as well as the first player since Wilt Chamberlain in 1963 to follow a 60-plus point scoring
night with 50-plus points .... Additionally, Bryant’s 50-point effort matched Cedric Ceballos’ series
record 50-point game posted on December 20, 1994… The Lakers and Timberwolves have met
twice in the postseason (2003 First Round, 2004 Conference Finals). The Lakers defeated the
Wolves 4-2 both times despite Minnesota holding homecourt advantage in each series

Connections: Lakers assistant coach Kurt Rambis was the head coach of the Timberwolves for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons… Lakers F Wesley Johnson was drafted by Minnesota in
2010 and played there for two seasons… Lakers assistant coach for player development Mark Madsen played for the Timberwolves for six seasons, from 2003-09… Minnesota F Kevin Love
and G Shabazz Muhammad played collegiately at UCLA... Love’s father, Stan Love, played 81 total games for the Lakers during the 1973-74 and 1974-75 seasons, averaging 6.2 points and
3.3 rebounds... Minnesota head coach Rick Adelman is from Lynwood, CA and attended St. Pius X high school in Downey, CA before playing collegiately at Loyola Marymount…
Timberwolves G Ricky Rubio and Lakers F/C Pau Gasol are both long-time members of the Spanish National Team and most notably were members of Spain’s silver medal-winning team at
the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics as well as Spain’s two-time (2009, 2011) Eurobasket Championship-winning teams… Lakers F Jordan Hill and T’Wolves F Chase Budinger were
teammates for all three of their years together (2006-09) at the University of Arizona… The duo were also teammates in Houston for parts of the 2009-10 and 2011-12 seasons and all of
2010-11, with Hill being traded midseason on both occasions… Lakers C Robert Sacre and T’Wolves C Ronny Turiaf both attended Gonzaga University.

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