Lakers Gameday

24 - 48

36 - 35

Tip-Off: 5:00PM PST

Friday, March 28, 2014

Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 TOT
LAL 24 19 34 30 107
MIN 41 33 37 32 143

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Love Shines in Timberwolves' Win Over Lakers

By John Krawczynski on March 28, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS (AP)Kevin Love showed the Los Angeles Lakers exactly what they're missing.

Love had 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his second career triple-double and the Minnesota Timberwolves set a franchise record for points in a regulation game with a 143-107 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.

Nikola Pekovic scored 26 points on 9-for-10 shooting in his first game back from an ankle injury and Love hit three of five 3-pointers in just three quarters of work. Kevin Martin scored 17 points for the Wolves, who led by 19 points in the first quarter, 37 in the second and 40 in the third.

Steve Nash made a surprise appearance for the Lakers, picking up four points and six assists in 14 minutes of just his 12th game of the season. It was about the only notable development for the Lakers, who lost to the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night, then allowed the Timberwolves to shoot 67.1 percent, the highest any team in the league has shot in a game this season.

Love's performance had to be tantalizing for downtrodden Lakers fans, who are salivating over the prospects of landing the power forward in free agency.

Love put on a clinic during a masterful first quarter, scoring 15 points, hitting two of three 3-pointers, grabbing five rebounds and dishing four assists. He threw one of his trademark 60-foot outlet passes to Kevin Martin for a layup, threw down a dunk, hit a 3 and finished a fast break during a 20-3 run that gave Minnesota a 26-7 lead.

He grabbed his 10th rebound of the game just before the third-quarter buzzer, and his teammates leaped off the bench and cheered his achievement.

It was the quintessential Love performance - versatile and punishing from inside and out. And it is everything the Lakers are missing right now.

Kobe Bryant has missed most of the season with injuries, Nash is on his last legs and the Lakers are desperate for a star to carry them forward when Bryant, who will start a new two-year contract next season, decides to retire.

Love went to UCLA and his father, Stan, played for the Lakers in the 1970s. Love can opt out of his contract after next season, at which point the Lakers will have enough cap room to sign him to a maximum contract. The Timberwolves remain confident that they will be able to do enough this offseason to upgrade the roster to convince Love, who has not been to the playoffs in his six seasons, to stay. President of basketball operations Flip Saunders has told teams calling about trading for Love to not even bother asking.
D'Antoni coached Love with Team USA, so he's well versed in his abilities.

"He was a big piece in what we were doing and obviously he's a big piece here," D'Antoni said. "Guy's a good player. Wherever he goes, he's going to be good."

NOTES: Kent Bazemore scored 21 points and Jodie Meeks scored 19 for the Lakers. ... The Timberwolves topped 40 points in the first quarter for the fifth time this season. ... Xavier Henry sat out for the Lakers with a sore knee. ... Timberwolves PG Ricky Rubio had 10 points, six assists, six rebounds and one steal, which tied Tyrone Corbin's franchise for steals in a season with 175.

Game Notes

2013-14 Series Notes: The Timberwolves lead 2-1 after the Lakers lost in Minnesota 2/4/14 for the first time since 3/6/07 (11 games).

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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Game Leaders

  LAL   MIN  
Kent Bazemore
pts Nikola Pekovic
Jordan Hill
reb Kevin Love
Steve Nash
ast Kevin Love


Game Starters

  LAL   MIN  
Kendall Marshall g Ricky Rubio
Jodie Meeks g Kevin Martin
Chris Kaman c Gorgui Dieng
Jordan Hill f Kevin Love
Wesley Johnson f Corey Brewer

Injury Report - LAKERS

  • Kobe Bryant:
    (fractured left knee) is out
  • Steve Nash:
    (nerve root irritation) is out
  • Jordan Farmar:
    (groin) is out
  • Pau Gasol:
    (vertigo) is out

Injury Report - TIMBERWOLVES

  • Nikola Pekovic:
    (ankle) is questionable
  • Ronny Turiaf:
    (knee) is out
  • A.J. Price
    (appendectomy) is out