Crawford, Lakers Outlast Love’s Timberwolves
Posted Jul 16 2008 11:43PM
LAS VEGAS, July 16 – Los Angeles Lakers 2008 NBA Draft selection Joe Crawford came up big for his new team Wednesday night, scoring the game-winning basket with 2.9 seconds left as his Lakers defeated Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves, 95-93, at the Thomas & Mack Center as part of the 2008 NBA Summer League Presented by EA Sports.
Crawford’s last-minute heroics were complemented by Nik Caner-Medley’s 19 points and Coby Karl's 14.
“It just felt good. We were struggling, but I got off to a great start in the second half and I couldn’t buy a bucket – but then I just focused in and believed I could do it, and I did,” said Crawford, who played collegiately at Kentucky.
The Lakers held a 26-21 lead after one quarter, riding Crawford’s eight first-quarter points. All 10 players who saw action in the second quarter for Los Angeles scored, including six points from UCLA product Lorenzo Mata-Real that helped widen the lead to 52-44 at halftime.
The Timberwolves battled back in the third quarter, tying the game at 59-59 with three minutes to play in the period. It was a seesaw game thereafter, with Minnesota gaining a 93-93 tie on a three-point play by Pooh Jeter.