Last night's game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Minnesota Timberwolves was many things. Entertaining. High scoring. Fast paced. Bat shit insane. These attributes were obvious to anybody watching. But, from the Lakers perspective, there are actually a great many positive takeaways that one could easily have missed if they only focused on the primary narrative. Indeed, this was actually a victory the Lakers should be proud of. Last night, they won a game in the same way that they have lost so many this season. They out-worked, out-hustled, and out-scrapped their opponents, and ended up winning a game they should have lost.
That's right. They should have lost. The team that was once up as many as 29 points should have lost, and for none of the reasons normally associated with losing large leads. They didn't take their foot off the gas pedal. They didn't start taking their opponent for granted. They didn't get careless. Instead, for 18 minutes, the Los Angeles Lakers were the beneficiaries of one of the flukiest shooting displays I've ever seen, draining three ball after three ball after three ball. They built a 29 point lead because their lead increased by 3 on every wasted Timberwolves possession. They built a 29 point lead because their lead increased by 1 whenever the Wolves scored. The Lakers just couldn't miss. All of them. Every single Lakers player that entered the game hit a three point basket.
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