Gasol start with 22 sparks Lakers to win over Wolves
February 3, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
MINNEAPOLIS--Pau Gasol had 22 points and 12 rebounds in his return to the starting lineup and Kobe Bryant nearly had a triple-double in leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a 111-100 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.
Bryant had 17 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists and Steve Nash added 17 points and seven assists for the Lakers, who played without Dwight Howard due to a sore right shoulder. They have won four of their last five games and beat the Wolves for the 20th straight time, the longest active streak in the NBA.
Alexey Shved scored 18 points and Ricky Rubio had nine points and seven assists for the Timberwolves, who lost their sixth straight game. They trailed by 29 in the second quarter, but climbed within four in the fourth quarter.
Pacers 102, Heat 89 In Indianopolis, David West scored 30 points and Paul George added 15 on Friday night, leading Indiana over Miami.
The Pacers (28-19) have won 13 in a row at home and two straight overall since losing three straight on the road. Indiana and the New York Knicks are the only teams in the league to beat the defending NBA champs twice this season.
Miami (29-14) was led by LeBron James with 28 points and Dwayne Wade with 17 — and this time the Heat were beaten at their own game.
Indiana shot a season-high 55.7 percent from the field.
The Pacers took control with a 13-0 first-half run that turned a 23-20 deficit into a 33-23 lead. They never trailed again.
Indiana led by as much as 19 points in the third quarter, and Miami never got closer than 12 in the fourth.