Kevin Martin scored 27 points, Kevin Love had 18 of his 25 points during Minnesota's 47-point first quarter, and the Timberwolves snapped a 22-game losing streak against the Los Angeles Lakers with a 113-90 victory Sunday night. Ricky Rubio had 12 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who hadn't beaten the Lakers since March 6, 2007. Minnesota took a 28-point lead during the highest-scoring quarter in franchise history and maintained a healthy advantage all night in their first win over the Lakers at Staples Center since Dec. 2, 2005. Steve Blake scored 19 points with five 3-pointers, and Jodie Meeks added 16 for the Lakers, who have lost five of seven. Steve Nash played 13 minutes before sitting out with a back injury. Corey Brewer scored 17 points and Nikola Pekovic had 14 points and 10 rebounds as the Wolves punctuated their 5-2 start to the season by ending the longest active streak between two NBA opponents. Rubio supplemented his second career triple-double with five steals, becoming just the second player in franchise history with at least five steals during a triple-double game. The Timberwolves did most of their work early, making a 27-2 run in the first quarter while the Staples Center crowd booed the Lakers. Martin had another monster game in his strong start to the season, improving to 18 for 28 on 3-pointers in the last five games while averaging 27 points.
Timberwolves end 22-game skid vs Lakers, 113-90
St. Paul Pioneer Press | Nov 11