The Lakers came away with their 20th win of the season tonight at Staples Center.
While the quality of basketball is still not as good as it was earlier on in the season, it continues to be enough to get by.
The Lakers needed about 44 of the 48 minutes tonight to put this game out of reach. It was a close battle all night, but the Laker defense came through as they forced the T-Wolves into shooting only 36% from the field, basically guaranteeing free tacos for all fans there.
Despite being undersized, the T-Wolves still outrebounded the Lakers 53-46. The Lakers need to find a way to keep opponents off the glass — 16 offensive boards is too much.
The Lakers played a clean game with 26 assists to only 10 turnovers. The T-Wolves were forced into 17 turnovers by the swarming Laker defense.
Now, the bests of the night…
Top 3 Laker Performers –
1) Pau quietly scored 18 points, had 11 boards, 6 assists, and 3 blocks.
2) Bynum had some nice moves en route to 16 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 blocks.
3) Ariza had a good game off the bench, 14 points, 5 boards, and 3 steals.
Lakers Smush of the Day (Note: STD denotes the Laker that played the poorest): D-Fish forced up some poor shots and didn’t do much tonight.
Play of the Game: Oop to Bynum on the break.
What to Look for Next Game: A high scoring easy win for the Lakers as the Knicks come into town Tuesday night.
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