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Lakers 111, T-Wolves 108: Result KO's process

February 23, 2009 |  8:53 am

Only in the result of Sunday evening's 111-108 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves out on the great frozen north are the realities of the Western Conference standings reflected.  The Lakers, who have more victories than any team in the Association, did it again.  The Wolves, who don't, didn't.  (Or did, depending on your POV...) All the stuff in the middle, though?  It was hard to tell which squad was the Lamar_odom_shoots_over_kevin_love_i dominant one.  The Lakers got major production from their big three- Kobe Bryant: 28/6/7, Pau Gasol: 25/5/5, Lamar Odom: 25/14/3... if you can identify LA's last trio of one-game 25 point scorers without clicking this link, it's officially time to leave the house more often- but were a leaky vessel defensively.  The Timberwolves, hardly a model of offensive efficiency (especially in the absence of Al Jefferson) shot 50% from the floor, aided by too many mental errors from LA.

Pathetic was the word used by Phil Jackson to paint a picture of his team's defensive effort.

There were some positives.  The play of Odom, for example, who displayed versatility difficult for Kevin McHale's crew to counter.  It was his sixth double-double in seven games, and whether through a better understanding of the game or more ability to use all the tools in the box, LO's performance reflects a maturing floor game.

And, of course, there was Kobe Bryant, who passed Laker great Elgin Baylor on the career NBA points list, moving into 20th place with 23,164.  24 doesn't always pay attention to every statistical milestone, but for this one he seemed to have more awareness, especially considering Baylor's place in Lakers history. 

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