Wolves hold off Lakers in OT in Kobe's farewell

MINNEAPOLIS -- Kevin Martin scored a game-high 37 points, leading the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 123-122 overtime win over the Los Angeles Lakers at Target Center on Wednesday, Dec. 9.

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant, right, hugs Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett before Wednesday’s game at Target Center in Minneapolis. (Photo by Jesse Johnson - USA Today Sports)

MINNEAPOLIS - Kevin Martin scored a game-high 37 points, leading the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 123-122 overtime win over the Los Angeles Lakers at Target Center on Wednesday, Dec. 9.

Martin scored 17 points in the fourth quarter alone, making four 3-point field goals, helping the Wolves erase a five-point deficit with under 10 minutes to play.

Lakers rookie guard D’Angelo Russell’s drive to the lane tied the score at 114 with two seconds remaining in regulation. Andrew Wiggins turnaround-jumper from the left elbow at the horn missed.

Los Angeles had two shots to win in the final seconds; but Russell’s runner from the lane missed and center Roy Hibbert’s jumper missed short.

The win snapped a four-game losing streak for Minnesota, which wrapped up a four-game homestand with a 1-3 record.


Los Angeles lost its fourth consecutive game and are 1-5 on their current eight-game road trip.

Rookie center Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the season.

Russell, taken two picks after Towns in the 2015 NBA Draft, led the Lakers with 23 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter to help force overtime.

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, playing his final game at Target Center, finished with 11 points on 5-of-13 shooting. His 1,513 career points against the Wolves are second only to former teammate Karl Malone’s 1,677.

Minnesota built its largest lead of 68-59 at nine points on Wiggins’ three-point play with 9:47 left in the third quarter before the Lakers slowly chipped away.

The Wolves led 84-81 after three quarters and went ahead by six on a three-point play by Martin on the first possession of the fourth but guard Nick Young scored seven points to spark a 13-4 run, giving Los Angeles a 94-91 lead.

A three from Marcelo Huertas and a long jumper by guard D’Angelo Russell pushed the Lakers lead to its largest of the night at 99-94 but Martin drilled a pair of threes sandwiched around two free throws by forward Gorgui Dieng as Minnesota grabbed the lead back for good.

Towns and Martin had nine points apiece as Minnesota jumped out to a three-point lead after one quarter and the Wolves led 59-57 at the half on Towns’ 15 points and eight boards.


Shabazz Muhammad had 15 points and five rebounds off the bench and Wiggins finished with 19 points for Minnesota. Ricky Rubio had 12 assists; it was the sixth time this season he reached double digits in assists.

NOTES: Wednesday marked the 78th game between Minnesota F Kevin Garnett and Los Angeles F/G Kobe Bryant. ... Timberwolves rookie PG Tyus Jones was scheduled to make his NBA Development League debut Wednesday for the Idaho Stampede. Selected 24th by Cleveland before being traded to Minnesota on draft night, Jones had one point and one assist in two games for the Timberwolves this season. ... The Lakers will play the seventh game of an eight-game road trip against the Spurs in San Antonio on Friday. ... The Timberwolves open a two-game road trip the same night against the Nuggets in Denver.

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