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Lakers cruise past Timberwolves for laugher of a win

Mar 1, 2013, 3:13 AM EDT

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There haven’t been many of these games for the Lakers this season — Kobe Bryant icing his knees in the fourth quarter, guys joking around on the bench and nobody really stressed about the outcome.

The Lakers created a little space in the second quarter, pulled away in the third behind 11 points from Kobe Bryant (he finished with 33) and the Lakers cruised to a 116-94 win over the Timberwolves. That would be 21 consecutive wins for the Lakers over Minnesota.

The win also moves the Lakers within two games of the Houston Rockets for the eighth seed and final playoff spot in the West, and within two-and-a-half games of the seventh seed Utah Jazz (both of whom lost last night.

The two take always from this game are: 1) The Timberwolves are not very good; 2) The Lakers continue to play a little better each game as they find their identity and play with a little more desperation. Games they lost, leads they gave up in the past they do not now.

The Lakers never took their foot off the gas in this game, leading wire to wire. Kobe was at the heart of that — he pushed the team to grab the lead in the first quarter then was key to them pulling away in the third. He did that by returning more to his scorer mode — but he should have with the looks the Timberwolves were giving him early. Minnesota let Kobe get comfortable and after that, no matter what they did, he was going to be knocking down shots. By the third quarter he was three feet behind the arc and it didn’t matter.

Minnesota actually tried a lot of zone but the Lakers did a good job of attacking the soft middle of the zone and shooting over the top of it. Los Angeles hit 8-of-16 three pointers in the first half and maintained that pace throughout the game — L.A. shot 54 percent overall and 16-of-sf32 from three for the game. Dwight Howard had 11 points and 12 rebounds but was back to being active again, particularly on defense.

Minnesota stayed within striking distance thanks to their guard play — J.J. Barea had 20, Luke Ridnour 19 and Ricky Rubio had 13 points and 13 assists.

This was the kind of laugher the Lakers thought they would have a lot of this season. Hasn’t worked out that way. But they will take the easy, relaxing win any time they can get it.

  1. 00maltliquor - Mar 1, 2013 at 3:32 AM

    I still want him gone before the 2013-14 season begins, but man, I can’t lie or deny….that lil’ chump Steve Blake had a pretty dang good game today. It wasn’t just the 13 pts on 4-6 shooting, 3-5 downtown, or the 7 reb. (!) and 6 ast., but the fact he went 25 minutes without a dang turnover and was a team leading +20.

    I almost can’t believe what I saw from him. Best game he’s played in a Purp n’ Gold jersey (and NOT just point-wise).

    • progress2011 - Mar 1, 2013 at 4:50 AM

      I know FAKER fans need something to cheer for……BUT,

      Before you go tripping over yourself and getting goose bumps….Blake was playing against

      5’9″ Barea

      Rubio – No Clue how to shoot or play D yet…Just happy to be on the court

      5’11″ Ridnour – No interest in playing D…just want to make a basket or 2

      You will be swiftly reminded how SORRY S. Flake, Nash and the rest of that backcourt is when they play the Thunder !

      ahahahahah

      • 00maltliquor - Mar 1, 2013 at 5:47 AM

        No lie, you’ve got to be one of the stupidest people that come on here. Your trollish ways are stale and your act is older then Jesus’ high school yearbook.

        BTW Rubio isn’t too shabby on D, don’t go painting him as a horrible defender. But that’s besides the point.

        YES, believe you me I KNOW how SORRY Steve Flake is, which is why I posted what I posted in the first place, numbnutz.

        Oh, almost forgot….ahahahahahahah. Bee-yi-iiiiiiitch

        Please oh puh-lease lemme hear it, I can’t wait to see what stupid, idiotic comeback your childish a has. You know it’s coming, go ahead. Don’t forget to call me a “Faker” too, while you’re at it with your fresh, original material.

        God you make me miss your daddy/mentor paulhargis53. At least he had some funny trash talk and original material at times…..

      • progress2011 - Mar 1, 2013 at 6:13 AM

        AHAHAhahaahaha…Sizurp !!!

        That salt must be BURNIN !!!

        You don’t have any rebuttal against the FACTS ! Only rant….ahahahaha

        I got more BUCKETS of Salt coming…when the FAKERS officially miss the playoffs !!!

        Can’t Wait !

      • loungefly74 - Mar 1, 2013 at 10:57 AM

        (i can see the writing on the wall)…our troll friend progress, will have reflected on his life, realizing he wasted away years doing trollish activity. he will be shamed when his grandkids asked of his accomplishments. and it will hit him that he spent his time hating on a team. pa-the-tic! yeah, his contribution is garbage talk. progress…i like a good “trash-talk” session…but you enter the realm of stupidity too often, holmes…

      • cosanostra71 - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:36 PM

        Last time I checked, yesterday’s victory over the Timberwolves counts just for the same amounts of wins in the standings as any other victory. In fact, it counts for the same amount of wins as the victory over the Thunder did a couple weeks ago.

  2. progress2011 - Mar 1, 2013 at 4:23 AM

    Is Minnesota even an NBA caliber team !

    I would venture to say, many D-League teams would beat them. A few WNBA teams would give them a run for their money.

    The Bobcats and the Timberwolves, should pay their fans to sit thru that brutal display of mediocre talent.

    I know they have guys hurt but that’s not an excuse to have unskilled players on your roster that don’t appear to be much better than the guys at the local YMCA.

    • cosanostra71 - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      The Timberwolves may be the only team that has suffered more injuries than the Lakers this year. Rubio, Love, Roy, Pekovic, Kirilenko, Budinger, am I missing someone?

      • progress2011 - Mar 2, 2013 at 1:26 AM

        Again,

        Rubio played this game…DUH

        Love – Legit Double Double and the only player on this roster that is a legit NBA caliber player

        Pekovic, Kirilenko & Budinger…….All journeymen AT BEST !!!!

        So, that fact is – they minus LOVE and the “POTENTIAL” of Rubio….the rest of these guys are not guys that will help you get deep into the playoffs !

  3. 00maltliquor - Mar 1, 2013 at 5:54 AM

    Yeah, Rubio looking good. Almost had a Trip.Dub. 13/13/8 in 33 min.
    Nice to see him doing it up, even against my Lakers. That kids fun to watch.

  4. spthegr8 - Mar 1, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    @malt
    Their ain’t no “might” about it. He is definitely the Stupidest “TROLL” on this site. If we could rid this site of TROLLS like regressed TROLL. The world would be a better place. Just Saying!!

    • progress2011 - Mar 2, 2013 at 1:27 AM

      That SALT BE BURNIN…..ahahahaha

      Ya got anything to dispute the FACTS or just rant !

      • spthegr8 - Mar 2, 2013 at 9:46 AM

        @Regress
        & Just what ” fact’s” did you give us???? It was your usual, ” TROLLING” rant about the Lakers. The only FACT here is that, you are the EMPEROR of the “TROLLS” & EVERYBODY know’s it!! Your act is getting OLD bruh!!!

  5. omniusprime - Mar 1, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Don’t be fooled by this Laker win over a pathetic team at home. Where was this kind of energy and 3 point shooting excellence against Denver on the road? Yeah MIA! I’m afraid that the next game they’ll go back to launching way too many three’s and lose sight of playing team basketball trying to get good two point shots. Kobe looked good doing multiple power dunks, looked downright frisky for his advanced age, a shame that Ancient Trash Nash will never be frisky for his geriatric age.

    The only problem is every win keeps the worst coach in Laker history, Dumbtoni, on the roster. The sooner Dumbtoni is gone the better for the Lakers for next year.

    Fire Dumbtoni!!! Trade Trash Nash and Steve Flake!!! Thanks Dr. Buss, Rest in Peace!!!

  6. money2long - Mar 1, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    an nba team is an nba team, if you guys really nit pick and try to downplay this lakers win is not very smart. every team has injured players, the suns just beat the spurs, the wiz beat the heat, bad teams record wise, can compete and win any night. a win is a win. all you people who will come on here and try to poo poo the win , then you really dont understand the nba.

  7. zerole00 - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Isn’t half the Minnesota roster injured in some way?

    • money2long - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      weren’t the lakers dealing with injuries all season? where is jordan hill and pau ? jordan hill was supposed to be their best big off the bench. and playing with a hobbled dwight up until this point, do you think any teams had sympathy for the pains la was going through ? no, so i don’t have sympathy for minnesotta.

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