Minnesota lost to the Lakers 90-73 on Friday night. It was the Timberwolves’ first loss to the Lakers this season.
Latrell Sprewell led Minnesota with 19 points, but was just 5-of-15 from the floor, and Kevin Garnet was 6-of-18 for 16 points. The Timerwolves shot a season-low 31.4 percent (27-for-86) and have lost the first two games of a four-game road trip.
“We played terrible,” Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said. “Kobe was great and Shaq controlled the paint, but neither team really lit it up as far as shooting.”
The Timberwolves will now be playing the lowly Clippers, who will be trying to avoid their longest losing streak of the season. Los Angeles dropped its sixth straight game on Thursday night, 103-94 to Washington.
Corey Maggette scored 25 points and Elton Brand had 18 for the Clippers, who matched their longest losing streak of the season. Quentin Richardson sat out for the fourth time in five games because of back spasms, and Matt Barnes was scratched because of the flu.
“It’s tough to beat any team that shoots like they did tonight,” Maggette said. “This is the most frustrating part of the season. We have our two starting guards out (Richardson and Marko Jaric), but we’re going to keep giving one hundred percent.”