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NBA Game Summary - LA Lakers at Minnesota



(Tuesday, February 4th)

Final Score: Minnesota 109, LA Lakers 99

Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Love scored 31 points and pulled down 17 rebounds, and the Minnesota Timberwolves ran out to a big lead before beating the injury-riddled Los Angeles Lakers, 109-99, at Target Center.

Kevin Martin tied a season-high with 32 points for the Timberwolves, who snapped a two-game skid and beat the Lakers for just the third time in the last 29 matchups.

"It was a good win to get," Minnesota head coach Rick Adelman said. "They came at us in the second half, we did the things we had to do to get the win."

The Lakers, despite getting back two key players Tuesday night, lost their seventh straight game. It's the first seven-game skid for the team since March 2-15, 2007 when they also lost seven in a row.

Guard Steve Nash and Steve Blake both returned to the lineup, and both players started. Nash played 24 minutes and had seven points and nine assists, and Blake was held scoreless in 32 minutes of action, but had six helpers and five boards.

The game was Nash's first since he exited a home matchup with the Timberwolves on Nov. 10 due to pain in his lower back. Blake had been sidelined since mid- December with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

Blake ruptured his right eardrum in Tuesday's game, but played through the pain.

The problems were compounded for the Lakers when power forward Jordan Hill suffered a cervical strain and a headache in the final minute of the first quarter when he was accidentally hit in the face by teammate Chris Kaman near the basket. Guard Jodie Meeks also sprained his right ankle in the game's first two minutes, coming down on the foot of Minnesota's Corey Brewer. Meeks was helped to the locker room.

Prior to the game, the Lakers announced center Pau Gasol will be held out of the team's six remaining games prior to the All-Star break as he recovers from a groin strain.

Kobe Bryant (knee) didn't travel with the Lakers on this three-game road trip, which switches to Cleveland and then Philadelphia. Jordan Farmar, who hasn't played since Dec. 31 due to a left hamstring tear, may return for the Cavs game Wednesday.

Nick Young scored 24 and Manny Harris had a season-best 19 points for the Lakers, who never led.

Martin and Love combined for 25 of Minnesota's 38 first-quarter points. Minnesota's lead stood at 38-26 after 12 minutes.

The Timberwolves were up as many as 25 midway through the second quarter before settling for a 68-52 cushion at the break.

"We did not compete in the first half," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said. "The second half we played much better. We're not good enough to spot them a half."

LA wasn't able to get closer than seven in the second half. The visitors trailed 89-78 moving to the fourth.

Love collapsed to the floor with 4:10 left in the game when he drove to the hoop before being fouled by Robert Sacre. Love's rear hit the deck hard and he grabbed his tailbone in obvious pain. After a timeout, Love was back on the floor and made both his free throw attempts.

Game Notes

The Lakers haven't lost eight straight since March 14-27, 2005 ... The Lakers have allowed at least 100 points in 15 consecutive games ... Sacre had 14 points, one less than Wesley Johnson ... Brewer and J.J. Barea each scored 11 ... D'Antoni said Nash would not play Wednesday and Meeks is not expected to play the remainder of the road trip.

02/05 00:04:07 ET

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Schedule

Wednesday, April 16Full Scoreboard
Chicago81OT 1:15 | Box
Charlotte86TV: CSN-CHI, SportSouth
Indiana «101Final | Box
Orlando86
Washington703rd Qtr 9:41 | Box
Boston64CSN-CHI, SportSouth
Brooklyn513rd Qtr 8:25 | Box
Cleveland62CSN-DC, CSN-NE
Dallas533rd Qtr | Box
Memphis51YES, FSN-OH
Philadelphia553rd Qtr | Box
Miami51FSN-SW, SportSouth, ESPN
Atlanta623rd Qtr 8:14 | Box
Milwaukee65CSN-PHI, SunSports
Utah613rd Qtr 7:36 | Box
Minnesota59SportSouth, FSN-WIS
Houston503rd Qtr 10:28 | Box
New Orleans58ROOT-RM, FSN-N
Toronto593rd Qtr 10:20 | Box
New York48CSN-HOU, FSN-NO
Detroit563rd Qtr 10:24 | Box
Oklahoma City57Sportsnet 360, MSG
LA Lakers743rd Qtr 4:15 | Box
San Antonio66FSN-DET, FSN-OK
Golden State 4/16 10:30 PM ET
Denver TWC SN, FSN-SW
LA Clippers 4/16 10:30 PM ET
Portland FSN-PT, KGW
Phoenix 4/16 10:30 PM ET
Sacramento FSN-AZ, CSN-CA
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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 33 .593 --- 26-15 22-18 32-19 W 2
x-Brooklyn 44 37 .543 4 28-13 16-24 26-25 L 1
New York 36 45 .444 12 18-22 18-23 25-26 W 3
Boston 25 56 .309 23 16-24 9-32 21-30 L 1
Philadelphia 18 63 .222 30 10-31 8-32 13-38 W 1
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 55 26 .679 --- 35-6 20-20 37-14 W 1
x-Chicago 48 33 .593 7 27-14 21-19 35-16 W 1
Cleveland 32 49 .395 23 18-22 14-27 20-31 L 2
Detroit 29 52 .358 26 17-24 12-28 23-29 L 3
Milwaukee 15 66 .185 40 10-30 5-36 12-39 L 2
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 27 .667 --- 32-8 22-19 34-17 L 2
x-Washington 43 38 .531 11 22-19 21-19 32-19 W 3
x-Charlotte 42 39 .519 12 24-16 18-23 29-22 W 2
x-Atlanta 37 44 .457 17 24-17 13-27 27-24 L 1
Orlando 23 58 .284 31 19-21 4-37 17-34 L 3
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 58 23 .716 --- 33-7 25-16 36-16 L 2
x-Portland 53 28 .654 5 30-10 23-18 30-21 W 4
Minnesota 40 41 .494 18 24-16 16-25 23-28 L 2
Denver 36 45 .444 22 22-18 14-27 20-31 L 1
Utah 24 57 .296 34 16-25 8-32 12-39 L 5
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 24 .704 --- 34-7 23-17 36-15 W 2
x-Golden State 50 31 .617 7 27-14 23-17 30-21 W 1
Phoenix 47 34 .580 10 26-15 21-19 27-24 L 3
Sacramento 28 53 .346 29 17-23 11-30 15-36 W 1
LA Lakers 26 55 .321 31 14-27 12-28 14-37 W 1
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 19 .765 --- 32-8 30-11 38-13 L 1
x-Houston 54 27 .667 8 33-8 21-19 31-20 W 2
x-Dallas 49 32 .605 13 26-15 23-17 29-22 W 1
x-Memphis 49 32 .605 13 26-14 23-18 28-23 W 4
New Orleans 33 48 .407 29 21-19 12-29 14-37 W 1
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
1st OT
CHA 86
CHI 81
 
12th
DUR 5
NOR 6
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
9th
PHI 0
ATL 1
 
7th
NYY 2
CHC 0
 
7th
DET 1
CLE 3
 
8th
MIA 3
WAS 6
 
5th
TEX 0
SEA 2
 
3rd
CWS 1
BOS 1
 
4th
HOU 2
KAN 1
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN 0
TOR 0
10:05pm Tonight
ANA
OAK
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
COL
10:15pm Tonight
SFG
LOS
1st OT
CHA 86
CHI 81
 
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
 
3rd
MIL 65
ATL 62
 
3rd
CLE 59
BRK 51
 
Half
MEM 51
DAL 53
 
3rd
OKC 55
DET 56
 
3rd
NOP 58
HOU 50
 
3rd
SAN 64
LAL 69
 
Half
MIA 51
PHI 55
 
3rd
NYK 46
TOR 57
 
3rd
MIN 56
UTA 57
 
3rd
BOS 62
WAS 68
 
10:30pm Tonight
DEN
GSW
10:30pm Tonight
POR
LAC
10:30pm Tonight
SAC
PHO
3rd
TAM 3
MON 3
 
2nd Intermission
PIT 3
CLB 3
 
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
DAL
12th
DUR 5
NOR 6