- The Wolves fall again, this time against the Lakers.
- Bryant with 38 points, achieved its highest score of the season.
Los Angeles L akers avoided (119-115) against the Minnesota Timberwolves score 11 consecutive defeats , which had been the worst run in franchise history, and they did it thanks to the outstanding performance of Kobe Bryant, who neutralized the double-double of Ricky Rubio.
Bryant, as in the old days, he went to the 38 points (7/11 in triples), 5 rebounds and 5 assists, while Andrew Wiggins had 30 points and 5 rebounds. Rubio added 10 points (4/10 shooting) and 15 assists.
The star of the Lakers did not score at least 7 triples in a game since March 28, 2008.
the Lakers, who equalize came 10 straight losses of the team coached by Magic Johnson in 1993-94, are the only current NBA team has ever lost more than 10 games in a row regular season.
the Wolves played without Kevin Garnett -absent for the fifth straight game with discomfort in his right knee, Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Martin.
Mitch Kupchak, general manager of the Lakers gave Bryant before the opening tip-shirt with which he played in Toronto his last all-Star Game, the 18th of his career.
the Lakers, however, were a toy in the hands of Wolves at the start of the match. Towns, recently named top rookie in January, laid down the law on the opponent, paint unstoppable attack from distance and terrifying in their intimidation on defense and Roy Hibbert Julius Randle.
Al feast of center Rubio added handing baskets magic with the ball and Wiggins with well-oiled wrist (12-20), but Californians reacted the strongest hand of his partner, Jordan Clarkson and Randle, who was charged with turning around the situation (27-24).
D’Angelo Russell took the helm in the second period and caught on spectacular minutes attacking the rim aggressively and decisively. The icing on the cake put Bryant, who with his third triple of the night put the public standing of the Staples Center, including Jack Nicholson.
In addition, another outside shooting, this time work of Lou Williams, gave 16 local advantage before the break (66-50) in the highlights of the Lakers game in weeks.
the Wolves did not score a single triple in the first half and allowed their opponent to reach its highest number of points the rest of the season.
the success from the perimeter of Bryant did not give up in the second half (85-69 after his fifth triple), but the connection between Rubio and Gorgui Dieng saw moments of splendor and Wolves, who had missed the first nine, were encouraged after scoring his first triple of the meeting held by Towns.
Sam Mitchell, a stratospheric Wiggins, tightened in the fourth quarter horrible defensive transitions advantage of his opponent. Minnesota scored their first seven shots in the period and with the entry of Rubio on the court again take the lead (101-102).
So the best Bryant resurfaced, able to get up again and again -metió 14 of the last 18 points of his equipment over 20 years of Wiggins, including a beautiful suspension in the absence of 26.4 seconds which proved decisive and showered him with chants of “MVP”.
Ricky Rubio not hide his anger after losing against the Los Angeles Lakers: “sometimes it seems that we do not mind losing ” he said.