In a tremendous all-around performance, Pau Gasol finished with 21 points and added 13 rebounds and 8 assists to help the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves, 104-91. The Lakers had an impressive game shooting the ball in this game, finishing 42-78 (53.8%). Los Angeles (13-13) has now won back-to-back games after defeating Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday.
Gasol went 10-15, in what was an efficient performance. Kevin Love had another strong game for Minnesota despite the loss, putting up 25 points on 9-18 shooting (2-7 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 5-5 from the free throw line. He also tallied 13 rebounds. Nikola Pekovic chipped in 22 points and 13 rebounds.
In addition to 22.7% from 3-point range, the Timberwolves tallied an eFG% of just 37.4%. They are winless (0-7) on the season when registering marks below 30% and 45%, respectively, in those statistics. The Lakers, conversely, are 4-3 when holding the opposition to such dismal shooting numbers.
This drops Minnesota (13-14) to 1-1 versus Los Angeles on the season.
Coming up next, the Lakers battle the Golden State Warriors, who are 14-13 on the year. The Timberwolves match up with the Los Angeles Clippers, currently 18-9 this season. The Lakers are 1-1 versus Golden State this season. The Timberwolves have fallen to Los Angeles the last two times they have met.