35 Shooting percentage for Kobe Bryant, bothered by a sore left ankle that he rolled last Saturday at Dallas. “I thought his timing was off,” said Phil Jackson. “His shooting was off. But his effort was good.” Jackson added that he didn’t think Bryant would miss any time, as usual, even if he’s clearly not at 100 percent. After the game, Bryant said his neck was also really hurting him (he’d banged heads with Minnesota’s Martell Webster), but he guaranteed he’d play on Sunday against Portland.
27 Career high in points reached by Timberwolves rookie Wes Johnson, who made 11-of-21 field goals to lead all scorers.
25 Points for Pau Gasol on an efficient 12-of-17 shooting line, plus five boards and a game-high four blocked shots. “Pau kind of carried us, kept us going,” said Jackson.
17 Offensive rebounds for the Wolves, which helped them stay in the game from the onset.
16 Turnovers for the Lakers, off of which Minnesota scored 22 points. L.A. managed only nine points off Minnesota’s 17 turnovers.
15 Straight wins for the Lakers over the Wolves.
1 Ejection in a game that randomly turned intense in the fourth quarter, as Andrew Bynum got tossed for a flagrant two foul of Michael Beasley. Whether or not a suspension
0.5 Games needed by L.A. to clinch the Pacific Division. Either a Lakers win or Suns loss would do the trick.