March 30, 2017
Ricky Rubio scored a career-high 33 points to go along with 10 assists and 5 rebounds, as the Timberwolves pulled away from the Lakers in the 2nd half and won 119-104, on Thursday night at the Target Center.
The Wolves also got 32 points from Karl-Anthony Towns, and 27 points from Andrew Wiggins. The win was the 30th of the season for Minnesota, which is one more than they had all of last season.
As for the Lakers, Jordan Clarkson led the way with 18 points, while D’Angelo Russell scored 14 and dished out 6 assists. However, Brandon Ingram sat out his 3rd consecutive game with patellar tendinitis in his right knee, and the Lakers lost for the 17th time in the last 19 games.
Neither team played a whole lot of defense in this one, with each side putting up 37 points in the 1st quarter. The Lakers had a 4 point lead at one point in the 2nd quarter, but the Wolves had a 67-60 lead at the half.
The Wolves had a big 3rd quarter, and took a 14 point lead into the 4th quarter. The Lakers tried to rally, and got within 9 points with 4 minutes left. However, Rubio would convert a drive to the basket, and then make a 21-foot jump shot to regain the momentum for Minnesota.
Rubio made 4 out of 5 three-pointers on the night. “He’s someone that you normally are living with him shooting 3s,” coach Luke Walton said. “But our defense, we weren’t communicating.”
The Lakers also got bad news when center Ivica Zubac sprained his right ankle two minutes into the game. He left the arena in a walking boot, and will be re-evaluated when the team returns to Los Angeles.
Up next for the Lakers, they’ll return home to play the Clippers on Saturday at Staples. It will be a designated home game for the Clippers.