Lakers top Wolves in OT

March, 24, 2017
Mar 24


Jordan Clarkson scores 35 points, including eight 3-pointers, to rally the Lakers past the Timberwolves 130-119 and snap Los Angeles' six-game skid.

LOS ANGELES -- Jordan Clarkson had career highs of 35 points and eight 3-pointers, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 130-119 in overtime Friday night to snap a six-game skid.

Julius Randle added 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Lakers, who earned just their second victory since the All-Star break. They had lost 15 of 16 coming into the matchup of last-place teams in their respective divisions.

Andrew Wiggins scored 36 points before fouling out with 1:17 left in OT and Karl-Anthony Towns added 25 points and 13 rebounds for Minnesota, which dropped its fifth in a row.

The Wolves blew a 15-point lead in the third.

The Lakers dominated the extra session, when Clarkson had seven points. They scored the first eight points to take a 117-109 lead before Wiggins hit a 3-pointer.

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D'Angelo Russell misses the 3-pointer, but Corey Brewer flies in for the emphatic putback slam.

Ricky Rubio delivers an on-point behind-the-back pass to Brandon Rush for the dunk.

Tyus Jones gets the steal and gets it to Karl-Anthony Towns for the flashy slam.

Ricky Rubio schools Lakers defense with an incredible ball fake and caps the play with a layup.

Larry Nance Jr. shows off his hops with a big dunk for the Lakers in the second quarter.

Luke Walton makes sure Staples Center is aware Shaquille O'Neal is in the building.

LOS ANGELES -- On stage, Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant sat side by side, wearing suits and smiles, whispering in each other's ears and laughing. They praised each other, embraced multiple times and spoke so fondly of championships won just a decade and a half ago.

In all, they looked like old friends, not like former teammates whose bitter feud split apart one of the most dominant NBA duos in history.

The Los Angeles Lakers icons reunited Friday as a 1,500-pound bronze statue depicting O'Neal dunking was unveiled at Star Plaza outside Staples Center, where O'Neal and Bryant won three consecutive titles together in the early 2000s.

"Some people thought the odds of Kobe Bryant showing up today were the same as Shaq sinking a free throw," Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said.

O'Neal said afterward that it "meant a lot" that Bryant attended the event, which featured many Lakers icons, including their ex-Lakers coach, Phil Jackson, former Lakers player and executive Jerry West, guard Elgin Baylor, Abdul-Jabbar and many of O'Neal's former teammates.

"Definitely couldn't have done it without him," O'Neal said, speaking of Bryant. "We will always go down in history as the most enigmatic, controversial, dominant one-two punch ever created."

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Kobe Bryant talks about what was most impressive about Shaquille O'Neal and tells a funny Shaq story.

Kobe Bryant looks back at his Lakers' relationship with Shaq and says it was very important for him to prove he could win a title without him.

Kobe Bryant says he's always a phone call away for Magic Johnson and Lakers GM Rob Pelinka, but would rather do more creative things with his time rather than day-to-day operations.

As the Lakers prepare to unveil a statue of Shaquille O'Neal, Rachel Nichols recalls her time covering the legendary athlete.



D'Angelo Russell
15.4 4.8 1.4 28.0
ReboundsJ. Randle 8.7
AssistsD. Russell 4.8
StealsD. Russell 1.4
BlocksI. Zubac 0.9