Rapid Reaction: Wolves 113, Lakers 90
November, 10, 2013
By Dave McMenamin
LOS ANGELES -- Before Sunday's game, Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni was asked to reflect on the franchise's 22-game winning streak against the night's opponent, the Minnesota Timberwolves.
"It doesn't mean anything," D'Antoni said.
The coach's correct call was about the only thing that went right for the Lakers against Minnesota.
How it happened: Minnesota blitzed the Lakers in the first quarter, and the home team never recovered, falling down by as many as 29 in the second half.
What it means: Even though the Lakers split the final two games of their road trip last week, there was reason for optimism on the defensive end after they held the New Orleans Pelicans to 43.7 percent shooting even in a loss and the Houston Rockets to just 37.7 percent in a win.
Perhaps buoyed by the performance, D'Antoni chose to focus on the other side of the ball before the game.
"[The Timberwolves are] going to find a way to score some points, so our offense needs to be good," D'Antoni said.
Then the Wolves went out and dropped 113 points on 48.9 percent shooting while going 10-for-20 on 3s.
L.A. has a ton of work to do on D.
Hits: Steve Blake scored a season-high 19 points on 7-for-11 shooting, including a 5-for-7 mark from downtown. He also had eight assists.
Jodie Meeks, who came into the game ranked No. 10 in the league in true shooting percentage (.651), had another accurate game from the field, finishing with 16 points on 6-for-10 shooting.
After losing his starting spot to Chris Kaman and not playing at all the past two games, Shawne Williams chipped in eight points and four assists off the bench.
Jordan Hill had seven points and nine rebounds in 19 minutes.
Misses: Steve Nash left the game at halftime and did not return because his back was bothering him. He will see a back specialist Monday for further evaluation.
Pau Gasol started the game 3-for-5 but ended it 5-for-12, bringing his three-game slump to 9-for-34.
After going 3-for-18 on the Lakers' road trip, Xavier Henry had another rough night, shooting just 1-for-8. He did collect eight rebounds, however.
Stat of the game: Minnesota built a 24-point lead after the first quarter, with Kevin Martin scoring 16 of his 27 points and Kevin Love scoring 18 of his 25 points in the opening period. Minny's 47 first-quarter points were the most by any team since the Denver Nuggets scored 48 against the Seattle SuperSonics in 2008.
Up next: The Lakers continue the week with the back end of a home-and-home against New Orleans on Tuesday and go on the road against Denver on Wednesday.