The Los Angeles Lakers prove to be too much for the Timberwolves in Minnesota, as they win going away 90-79. The win gives the Lakeshow a five-game winning streak since the all-star break, as they are now playing with a renewed purpose and sense of focus.
The Lakers didn’t shoot the ball well in this game, but relied on its defense late, as well as the 53-39 advantage on the boards. The Mamba led the way with 24 points, while The Spaniard racked up a double-double of 12 points and 17 rebounds. L.O. added a double-double of his own off the bench with 12 points and 11 rebounds, as the Lakers used a total team effort to get the win.
After the big win against the Hawks to start the second half of the season, the Lakers appear to be regaining their form. They took down the Portland Trailblazers the following night in overtime 106-101. The Lakers were down by 7 points with under a 1:30 left in the ball game, but went on a 7-0 run to end regulation. This type of resiliency from the Lakers showed me something I haven’t seen from this squad in a long time, not to mention getting a rare win at the Rose Garden.
The Lakeshow finished the week off with a dominating showing in the “Battle of L A,” taking down the Los Angeles Clippers 108-95, and then defeated the youthful and pesky Oklahoma City Thunder on the road, 90-87.
The Lakers finish this week with a payback game against the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday at the Staples Center, and then begin a four-game road trip against the league leader in wins, the San Antonio Spurs Sunday afternoon. Adversity has seemed to guide this group of Lakers like no other team in the league this season. So much is expected from the two-time defending champions, so I don’t know why the masses don’t expect them to be ready come playoff time. The last time I checked, they are the most battle-tested.
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Written by Arthur Kai