Mike TrudellNovember 19, 2010Running Diary
is a running diary of L.A.’s road contest in Minneapolis as the
Lakers looked to win a third straight road contest, with some comments
drawn from our @LakersReporter Twitter account, and a few more details in case you missed any of the action:
Lakers: Fisher, Bryant, Artest, Odom and Gasol
Wolves: S. Telfair, W. Johnson, M. Beasley, K. Love, D. Milicic
6:29 It wasn’t the hottest of starts in cold Minneapolis
for the Lakers, who conceded an uncontested tip-in from Darko Milicic
and Sebastian Telfair’s similarly uncontested layup moments later
in an 11-all tie halfway through the first period. The Wolves were an
excited bunch, playing in front of what some staffers said was the
biggest crowd of the last three years.
0: 54.1 L.A.’s bench B’s came in and provided an
immediate spark with a nasty Shannon Brown hammer dunk in transition (I
believe he violated Minneapolis - St. Paul air space) and a Matt Barnes
three-pointer, but Minnesota was able to answer with jumpers from Luke
Ridnour and Michael Beasley to take a 21-20 lead out of the first
8:30 Barnes followed a Brown three with six straight points,
giving him nine points in his seven minutes on the floor to push the
Lakers quickly to a 32-26 lead.
4:50 After a somewhat uninspiring first quarter, the Lakers
found the rhythm that carried them through two professional victories
at Milwaukee and Detroit, using an 8-0 run to cap a 24-7 start to the
second, opening a 44-28 lead in a suddenly quieted Target Center.
0:50.0 Did you know that Derek Fisher came into the game
second in the NBA in three-point shooting by hitting 60 percent of his
bombs? He stayed nice and heated here in Minnesota, making his second
of the period in two attempts to stop a mini-run from the Wolves.
Bryant added two tough jumpers, and the lead was 51-41 heading into
9:20 Perhaps improbably, Milicic as going nuts for the Wolves,
getting up to a game-high 17 points with his game-high 11 rebounds and
game-high six blocks. Nonetheless, the Lakers held a 56-46 advantage.
3:34Gasol had to be replaced around the six-minute mark after
picking up his fourth foul, this after hitting three straight shots to
make up for a 1-for-7 first half, and his replacement Derrick Caracter
stepped right in and hit two shots in the paint, the second putting
L.A. up 74-59.
1:43 No Laker had a better thing going than Barnes, who was
really terrific in the period while scoring 10 of his 19 points all on
three-pointers (3-for-3) plus a foul shot he earned on one of the
makes, leading L.A. to an 84-70 edge into the fourth.
9:12 OK, make that completely NBA JAM "He’s on
fire!” for Barnes, who drained his seventh shot, five of them
threes, in seven attempts for a team-high 22 points.
4:45 Gasol made sure to show everyone why his
uncharacteristically poor first half, in which he scored only two
points with five rebounds, was nothing about which to worry: he scored
14 second half points with nine boards to check out with 16 points, 14
boards as well as six assists. By the way, the Lakers had completely
taken control, leading 106-81.0:00
And so wrapped up an impressive, all-business 3-0 road
trip, the Lakers taking a 17-point victory out of Minnesota thanks in
part to Barnes’ outstanding bench contribution. L.A.’s now
11-2 on the season heading back home to face Golden State on Sunday.