Lakers Coach Phil Jackson
"We did what it took. We weren't shooting the ball very well so we had to get second shots and offensive rebounds and we're capable of doing that. They wouldn't let us get the ball inside. They had us where we had to take some outside shots today and they weren't hitting."
On their second half defense:
"I think it's adjustments at halftime that you come in and you make the adjustments. You talk about what you were doing wrong in the first half. We had too many turnovers in the first half that contributed to their points."
On stopping Kevin Love:
"A lot of Kevin's points come off of screen-roll attempts, guys stepping back off of him and he gets open shots, or trailing the play, coming down and having a wide open shot. We tried to be there with him, if even it required a switch to stay with him, a guard switched onto him and tried to keep him from those open shots."
On being concerned with the team's early shooting woes:
"You're always worried that guys aren't going to make shots. We felt like we did an adequate job preparing for this game shooting in this arena yesterday, but we just didn't have the touch. Everybody was a little bit long, a little bit short. But the offensive rebounding is what carried us."
Lakers Center Andrew Bynum
"We had a blazing start. One of our best this season."
"I think we did play down to the competition. We weren't being very aggressive to start with, and that's not our nature."
On the team's offensive rebounding:
"Offensive rebounds, yeah, you've got to get opportunities. I think we've been shooting high 40s, so there aren't many to be had, but tonight was the exception."
Lakers Forward Lamar Odom
On playing with Kevin Love at the World Championships:
"The goal was to win, and when everybody's on the same page things just come together, great camaraderie and make friends that we'll have for a lifetime. We get the job done and everybody sacrificed to do what they needed to do to bring home the gold."
"That's a guy that can put up big numbers on any given day. Tonight it just went our way as a team."
Lakers Guard Kobe Bryant
On having Bynum and Gasol to clean up their misses:
"That's why we've been able to win back-to-back championships, because we are a great team. Pieces complement each other very well. That's the key, that's the trick. Management has done a great job."
On the Wolves development:
"I think so. It's coming. It's a team that still has young pieces. You don't want to look back years from now and say, 'Wow, they had Wesley Johnson, they had Kevin Love, they had Beasley, all on the same team.' Then you look up and they're playing for someone else. That's your crew and you've got to keep it together and they've got to grow together."
Timberwolves Coach Kurt Rambis
"We needed a better effort keeping them off of the offensive boards. In the second half we held them to a reasonable number but the 20 something they got in the first half was a real killer for us. We could have built ourselves a nice little lead. I thought our guys played hard, they played well. We just got stuck towards the end."
"When they have that type of size and that type of length it can't be individual's responsibility, it has to be a collective effort. I think our guys have to have a mindset that the smalls have to come back and rebound because our bigs are having to defend in penetration and defending on post ups coming to help they are releasing their main man so somebody else has to come in and help out. We did a much better job of that in the 2nd half."
"I think Wes (Johnson) is growing as a defensive player. It is disheartening for our guys who do a really good job on defense, they are scrambling, they are helping, they are doing everything, then how many times did it seem like (15 times in the second half) that they take a very difficult shot and then they make them. That kind of keeps momentum on their side instead of our getting stops. I thought Wes did a really good job on Kobe (Bryant). He is getting help from his teammates but Wes's length and athleticism is going to pay dividends for his defense in the future."
"He (Wesley Johnson) did some really good things offensively and he did some really quick things offensively. We are working with him on just slowing the game down and having his shot be more rhythmic. Sometimes his shot is too fast and he doesn't get a high quality look with it. Overall, I think he is growing and developing as a ball player."
Timberwolves Guard Wes Johnson
I was out there just having fun although we came up short, just coming out there and trying to slow them down as much as possible but that length and that size really got to especially in the 2nd chance pts.
Did Kobe say anything to you during the game?
He just told the ref to call fouls, that's the main thing he kept saying but other than that he just kept looking down at my shoes and saying that I should be wearing his. Other than that it was really just small talk.
Were you trying to frustrate Kobe?
Trying to, that was my main objective, to make him frustrated so I could laugh at him later.
Follow up question "Did it work?"
I think so for a little bit it did but then he got going and opened up for everybody else so I think he was pleased with the outcome.
Offensively were you trying to be more aggressive?
I just tried to stay aggressive; I've been having the mentality to come out aggressive and just try to stay within that and just try to help the ballclub by doing whatever I can do by knocking down shots or getting rebounds and stuff., so really just trying to go out there and trying to stay confident.
Timberwolves Forward Michael Beasley
Talk about the defense in the 1st half?
That was our game plan to stop their main guys and I felt like we did a pretty good job on Kobe and Pau Gasol, all their guys really. We just couldn't knock down shots. I was out of it, Wes was the only one that was knocking down shots. We did what we wanted to do, but we just didn't execute how we wanted to on offense.
Does the team learn anything playing against a team like LA?
Definitely, we just got to stay in, with the good or the bad; you just have to stay in until the end. I felt like we had a chance going to the end of the game in the last 4 to 5 minutes of the game. We just have to learn to stay in it and stay positive.
At halftime was the team told to be ready for Kobe to try and take over?
We weren't really worried about that, we just wanted to stay aggressive on the defensive side and keep getting stops and trying to put some points on the board.
Timberwolves Forward Anthony Randolph
Did you feel outsized going against Gasol and Bynum?
I loved it, I love banging down there with guys like that who are bigger than me and stronger than me. That's what I love about the game.
Was the dunk a little bit of a taste of what you can do?
That's just a little bit of what I can do. I'm still trying to get my hops back and stuff like that but like I said I'm still trying to get into the swing of things. It's kind of different playing in the game and banging with guys and tying to get my wind back and things like that.