Saturday, November 20, 2010



Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (2nd L) dishes off under the basket against the Minnesota Timberwolves during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, California November 9, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

Last night the Lake Show faced the rising Minnesota Timberwolves and man of the moment Michael Beasley (who has been averaging close to 32 a game this past week). After being shocked at Staples a fortnight back and stunned in a preseason loss in London under two months back the Lakers need to prove that they could prove that the land of a 1000 lakes was still their (second) home. Kobe Bryant, who is playing a lot better and a lot more had a healthy 23 and 8, while Pau Gasol had another double, double with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Meanwhile Minny's top Wolves howled the loudest. Beasley had 25 points and 10 rebounds while Darko Milicic continued to break out from the bust start of his career with 23 points, 16 rebounds and 6 blocks. Still Lamar Odom held his former USA Basketball teammate from this Summers gold winning team Kevin Love to a donut in points. On the offensive end it was Matt Barnes who led the Phil Jackson dubbed 'Renegades' off the bench (and the starters too) with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Most of Barnes points came from 3 where he hit 6 from 7. The renegade outlawed any chance of a Minnesota comeback with his clutch play. TIM DAVID HARVEY.

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