By Kevin R. Linares
The Lakers defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 120 to 117 making it 22 wins in a row over the Wolves. The victory ended in controversy with Kobe Bryant appearing to have possibly fouled Ricky Rubio as he took a three pointer from near half court as time expired. The referees did not blow the whistle and Los Angeles escaped with the victory. When asked what he thought if the foul would have been called or the shot went in Kobe said, “No. We would have gone into overtime and won the game. It’s simple as that.”
The four Laker all stars played well, all scoring in double digits. Kobe Bryant led the way scoring 31 points for the purple and gold. Dwight Howard scored 25 points, 16 rebounds and did his part on defense with 5 blocks. Pau Gasol was looking good and had his best game since coming back from injury scoring 17 points. Steve Nash added 16 points and dished out 8 assists. Metta World Peace was out of the starting line up and replaced by Jodie Meeks. World Peace is expected to miss at least six weeks after it was announced that he would have surgery on his left knee because of a torn meniscus he suffered against the Warriors.
The Lakers take on the Milwaukee Bucks who, like the Lakers, sit at the 8th spot in their conference. Kobe Bryant can make history passing Wilt Chamberlain in the all time scoring list with 35 points. The Lakers with a win can also look to win their first back to back games of the season and further their distance at the 8th spot with the Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks closely behind them.