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Los Angeles at Minnesota

T-Wolves ride unlikely hot hand of Blount for 2OT win

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Timberwolves couldn't buy a 3-pointer for most of Tuesday night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

So trailing by six with 2:35 to play, coach Randy Wittman gave his 7-foot center the green light.

Guess what? It worked.

Mark Blount hit three straight 3-pointers in the final 2:20 of regulation and Minnesota overcame 40 points from Kobe Bryant in a thrilling 117-107 double-overtime victory over the Lakers.

Blount was just 2-for-6 from the field when the fourth quarter started, but he scored 11 of his 18 points in the period, nine of which came on 3s.

"He said he was too close, that's why he was missing," teammate Ricky Davis said. "He stepped back and started knocking them down."

Bryant scored 40 for the first time since Jan. 31, his longest 40-point drought of the season, and added 13 rebounds and eight assists. But he managed just three points in the two overtimes as the Lakers let one slip away.

"We have to learn how to close these games out, especially defensively," Bryant said. "We can't give guys open looks, no matter who it is."

Davis led Minnesota with 33 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in 56 minutes. His jumper gave Minnesota a 109-107 lead in the second overtime and Randy Foye added an acrobatic tip-in, then stole the ensuing inbounds pass to snap the Wolves' three-game losing streak.

Kevin Garnett added 26 points and 17 rebounds, but Blount was the hero in this one.

After the Wolves started the game 1-for-14 from long range and trailed by six with 2:30 to play, Blount started shooting. He entered the game 5 of 19 for the season from beyond the arc, but was 3-for-3 in the fourth quarter on Tuesday night.

His last one pulled Minnesota within 97-96 with 47.7 seconds to play and Davis hit two free throws with 3.1 seconds to go to send the game into the first overtime.

As usual, Blount declined comment after the game.

"When we win or whenever we've needed big shots this year, he's come through and hit some big shots," Garnett said. "He was right on time today."

Once Blount got the Wolves to overtime, the zone defense stifled Bryant.

Bryant negated a 17-point third quarter by going just 1-for-4 with three points in the two overtimes as the Lakers lost their third straight.

"We never figured out how to attack it," Bryant said. "That's something that disrupted us and I think they played it the entire overtime."

Los Angeles led for the first 40 minutes, including 93-87 with 2:35 to play before Blount's barrage got Minnesota back in the game.

But the fun was just getting started.

Davis' 3-pointer with 1:01 to go in the first overtime gave Minnesota a 103-102 lead.

But Bryant came right back, swishing a long 3 from the right elbow for a 105-103 lead.

Davis tipped in a miss by Garnett at the other end with 3.3 seconds to go, sending the game into a second OT.

The Timberwolves outscored the Lakers 12-2 in the final overtime, with Smush Parker's driving layup 1:30 into the period the only basket for the Lakers. Parker finished with 24 points, but missed three free throws in the first overtime that could have put the game out of reach.

And with Lamar Odom (labrum), Luke Walton (ankle) and Vladimir Radmanovic (shoulder) all out with injuries, the Timberwolves were finally able to wear down Bryant and the Lakers in 58 grueling minutes.

"We just contained everybody else," Garnett said. "We knew he was going to take the bulk of the shots. You could tell by his demeanor.

"Once he did that, the other guys didn't have much rhythm, so we took advantage of that."

Notes

  • Wolves F Trenton Hassell (ankle) and F Mark Madsen (ankle) missed the game. Wolves coach Randy Wittman said Madsen is closer to returning than Hassell.
  • Parker received a technical in the second quarter for hanging on the rim.
  • Lakers F Kwame Brown was listed as probable with a sprained ankle, but played 21 minutes and scored two points.
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Ricky Davis (33 points) and the T-Wolves give the Lakers a wild ride en route to a 2OT victory.  (AP)
Ricky Davis (33 points) and the T-Wolves give the Lakers a wild ride en route to a 2OT victory. (AP)
Scoreboard
L.A. Lakers (33-28) 2825252072107
Minnesota (27-33) «23272127712117
LAL:K. Bryant 40 Pts
LAL:K. Bryant 13 Reb
LAL:K. Bryant 8 Ast
MIN:R. Davis 33 Pts
MIN:K. Garnett 17 Reb
MIN:R. Davis 8 Ast
Players of the Game
MinnesotaLos Angeles

R. Davis

K. Bryant
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
3310840138

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Los Angeles
K. Bryant, SG5313-3011-13138340
B. Cook, PF494-154-480314
M. Evans, SG452-111-27155
S. Parker, PG438-146-1043324
A. Bynum, C394-72-461410
K. Brown, C211-50-03132
S. Williams, PG152-40-00014
A. McKie, SG110-20-01110
S. Vujacic, PG80-10-01210
R. Turiaf, PF63-42-33008
L. Odom, SFDid Not Play
C. Mihm, CDid Not Play
V. Radmanovic, PFDid Not Play
L. Walton, SFDid Not Play
J. Farmar, PGDid Not Play
Totals 37-9326-36461724107
 39.8%72.2% 
Minnesota
R. Davis, SG5610-2312-12108433
K. Garnett, PF519-208-9174226
M. Blount, C486-133-461418
M. Jaric, PG365-81-235612
T. Hudson, PG232-70-03204
R. Foye, PG255-100-035410
R. McCants, SG222-41-22025
C. Smith, PF172-103-311127
M. James, PG121-40-03322
M. Madsen, CDid Not Play
B. Wright, SGDid Not Play
E. Griffin, PFDid Not Play
T. Hassell, SFDid Not Play
J. Reed, SFDid Not Play
Totals 42-9928-32582926117
 42.4%87.5% 
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