All Lakers coach Phil Jackson asked with Lamar Odom and Luke Walton out was for his players to give themselves a chance to win. But the Lakers couldn’t close out the game or outlast a Minnesota team that lost in two overtimes Sunday to Boston. The ‘Wolves led exactly once in regulation and once in the first overtime, yet wound up winning for only the second time in eight games since the All-Star break, improving to 7-13 since Randy Wittman replaced Dwane Casey as coach. Bryant finished with 40 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists in 53 minutes, but the Lakers could point to Smush Parker’s four missed free throws at the end of regulation and the first overtime as the reason they lost. “It’s frustrating because it’s the little things that beat you,” Bryant said. “You’ve got to step to the line and knock down the free throws, make sure you don’t give guys open looks at the basket and things of that nature. “It’s just the little things that we’ve got to figure out how to close games out with. That being said, we played a good game. All the way up until the end, we played a good game. We did the things defensively we wanted to do. We just didn’t close it out.” • Photo Gallery: 03/06: Lakers vs. T’Wolves MINNEAPOLIS – No two players in today’s NBA have worn the jersey of the same team longer than Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant, who might as well have been kindred spirits Tuesday night at Target Center. It is the duty of Bryant and Garnett to find a way to overcome the shortcomings of their respective teams from game to game, a job description neither player probably envisioned for the second half of their careers. When the final horn sounded on a marathon game, Garnett and the direction-less Minnesota Timberwolves had a 117-107 double-overtime triumph over Bryant and the injury-ravaged Lakers, who dropped to 0-2 on this four-game road trip. Though he didn’t mention Parker by name, Jackson was blunt in saying: “The reality is we missed free throws at the end of regulation and overtime that cost us the game.” The Lakers also lost forward/center Ronny Turiaf to back spasms in the second quarter. Turiaf did not return and is listed as day-to-day for tonight’s game at Milwaukee, possibly leaving the Lakers with only 10 available players. Parker, who got off to a blazing start in scoring 11 first-quarter points, was left with a miserable end to his night. He was in position to be the hero for the Lakers when he stole Marko Jaric’s inbounds pass with 5.7 seconds left in regulation. But Parker missed the first of two free throws, leaving an opening for Minnesota to send the game to overtime when Ricky Davis drove and was fouled by Kwame Brown. Davis sank both free throws to tie the score at 98. [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!