We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 113-90 loss vs. Minnesota:
First-quarter points for Minnesota – a franchise-high – on 76.2 percent field goals. Kevin Love and Kevin Martin led the way, combining for 34 points on 12 of 14 field goals overall and 6 of 7 on three-pointers. Below is a shot chart of the team’s offensive performance in the first quarter, courtesy of NBA.com/stats.
The Lakers 22-game winning streak over Minnesota was snapped. The last time the T’Wolves defeated L.A. was Mar. 6, 2007 when Kevin Garnett, Ricky Davis and Troy Hudson headlined their starting unit.
Assists for Ricky Rubio, to go along with 12 points, 10 rebounds and five steals towards his second career triple-double. The Spaniard set the tone early with seven dimes and three steals in the first 12 minutes to pace Minnesota to an early 47-23 advantage.
Minutes for Steve Nash before he was pulled after halftime because of back pain. Jodie Meeks, who finished with 16 points, started in his place to start the second half. “I’m concerned,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “He was struggling physically tonight. You could just see it on his face and that’s why I took him out. We shut him down more or less. He was struggling.”
Three-pointers for Steve Blake, who finished with a team-high 19 points. Blake now ranks third in the league in three-point field goals made (21), behind Golden State’s Klay Thompson (22) and Stephen Curry (22).