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The Sports Xchange, Published November 10 2013

Wolves snap 22-game skid against Lakers with win in LA

LOS ANGELES – After losing 22 consecutive head-to-head matchups, the Minnesota Timberwolves finally solved the puzzle known as the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Timberwolves ended the longest skid in the NBA by an opposing club, rolling to a 113-90 victory over the Lakers on Sunday night.

Minnesota’s last win over the Lakers was a 117-107, double-overtime decision in March 2007. The Timberwolves had little trouble hammering the Lakers on Sunday, though, bolting to a 28-point lead in the first quarter and coasting the rest of the way.

Guard Kevin Martin scored 27 points and forward Kevin Love finished with 25 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Timberwolves (5-2). Guard Ricky Rubio had a triple-double, scoring 12 points, dishing 14 assists and pulling down 10 rebounds. Forward Corey Brewer added 17 points, and center Nikola Pekovic had 14 points and 10 boards.

Minnesota also held a big advantage in points in the paint, outscoring Los Angeles 50-32.

Guard Steve Blake led the Lakers (3-5) with 19 points and eight assists. Guard Jodie Meeks added 16 off the bench, while forward Pau Gasol had 11 points and 11 rebounds.

The Timberwolves bolted past the Lakers in the opening quarter behind Martin and Love. The two combined for 34 points – Love led the way with 18 – as Minnesota led 47-23 after the first.

After guard Steve Nash hit a jumper to pull the Lakers to within 12-10 at 7 minutes, 28 seconds of the first, the Timberwolves went on a 32-6 spurt for a 44-16 advantage.

The Timberwolves hit 76.2 percent (16 of 21) from the field in the first, converting seven of nine 3-point attempts. The Lakers managed just 36.4 percent shooting (8 of 22) in the quarter. On the night, Minnesota shot 48.9 percent, while Los Angeles made 38 percent.

Although the Timberwolves cooled in the second, shooting just 34.6 percent in the quarter, they still managed a 67-48 lead at the half.

They led by as much as 29 midway through the third quarter before the Lakers made a run and cut the margin to 90-76 heading into the fourth.

Minnesota 47 20 23 23 – 113

L.A. Lakers 23 25 28 14 – 90

MINNESOTA (113): Brewer 6-9 4-6 17, Love 8-17 5-5 25, Pekovic 6-14 2-3 14, Rubio 5-9 0-0 12, Martin 11-23 2-2 27, Cunningham 1-4 0-0 2, Barea 4-8 1-1 9, Shved 1-1 1-2 3, Price 1-1 0-0 2, D.Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Dieng 0-1 0-0 0, Muhammad 0-1 0-0 0, Hummel 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 44-90 15-19 113.

L.A. LAKERS (90): Young 3-9 2-2 8, Gasol 5-12 1-3 11, Kaman 4-10 0-0 8, Nash 0-3 2-2 2, Blake 7-11 0-0 19, Johnson 2-10 0-0 5, Farmar 1-7 2-2 4, Meeks 6-10 2-2 16, Hill 3-5 1-3 7, Henry 1-8 0-4 2, S.Williams 3-7 0-0 8. Totals 35-92 10-18 90.

3-Point Goals: Minnesota 10-20 (Love 4-9, Martin 3-5, Rubio 2-2, Brewer 1-3, Barea 0-1), L.A. Lakers 10-26 (Blake 5-7, S.Williams 2-5, Meeks 2-6, Johnson 1-2, Farmar 0-1, Nash 0-2, Young 0-3). Fouled Out: None. Rebounds: Minnesota 62 (Love 13), L.A. Lakers 53 (Gasol 11). Assists: Minnesota 29 (Rubio 14), L.A. Lakers 24 (Blake 8). Total Fouls: Minnesota 15, L.A. Lakers 16. Technicals: L.A. Lakers delay of game 2. A: 18,997 (18,997).