Kobe Bryant turned back the clock on Tuesday with a scintillating performance (38 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals) as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 119-112 at the Staples Center.
According to advanced stats, it was Bryant’s most efficient shooting night (from deep) since 2007! The home crowd was brought to its feet as Bryant hit 7/13 from down town, including a few clutch baskets from mid-range as the Purple & Gold celebrated its 10th victory of the season. |Final Box Score|
With the victory, the Lakers snapped a 10-game losing streak. The home team got off to an amazing start, scoring 66 points in just the first half – the most they had tallied for the entire season. Even though the lead disappeared in the second half, the Lakers held their never down the stretch to pull off a famous victory.
There were several lead changes in a back-and-forth final quarter. Eventually, the Lakers managed to close things out after a clutch Kobe Bryant dagger with less than 50 seconds remaining.
Even though the Lakers are firmly out of the playoff race, Laker Nation is enjoying watching Bryant in action in his farewell season. Bryant was determined to put on a show for the fervent fans. Julius Randle, the Lakers’ double-double machine, racked up 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Jordan Clarkson and Louis Williams had 16 and 20 points, respectively. Under-fire rookie D’Angelo Russell had 18 points and 3 assists off the bench.
For Minnesota, Andrew Wiggins led the way with 30 points and 5 rebounds. Wiggins fouled out with 7.5 seconds left in the game.
Stay tuned for the full report. Kobe Bryant and the Lakers will next visit the New Orleans Pelicans.