Archive for Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Lakers light up T’wolves, 120-90

April 30, 2003


— The Los Angeles Lakers snapped back to life, with everyone from Kobe Bryant to Derek Fisher to Robert Horry to Shaquille O'Neal showing championship form.

Bryant had 16 of his 32 points in the third quarter, O'Neal added 27 points, Fisher had 24 and Horry scored 12 Tuesday night to put Minnesota on the brink of elimination with a 120-90 victory.

Los Angeles leads the series 3-2.

"Sense of urgency, really," Bryant said, explaining the Lakers' breakout. "Crucial game."

Game 6 is Thursday in Los Angeles, with Game 7 back in Minneapolis on Saturday if necessary.

If the Lakers play this way again, it won't be necessary.

"It was Groundhog's Day, just like Game 1," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said, comparing it to the Lakers' 19-point blowout victory in the series opener.

Stretching a 10-point halftime lead to 21 by the end of the third quarter and to 30 late in the fourth, the three-time defending champions rediscovered their shooting touch and their offensive flow.

Fisher had five three-pointers, and the Lakers -- who were 12-for-23 from beyond the arc -- shot 54 percent from the field. Horry, who missed his first 11 three-point attempts in this series, finally made a pair to help the Lakers overcome the loss of starting forward Rick Fox.

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