MINNEAPOLIS The basketball is in Steve Nash's hands, then quickly tossed away.
The ball is a rebound that no longer matters.
Ricky Rubio's hands are on his head. The clock rests at zero. He doesn't know where to walk or to look.
Jason Phillips, a referee, is answering the Timberwolves point guard: "No. Okay, alright."
But that was all. No redo, no replay, no reversal of that irreversible buzzer.
Lakers win, 120-117. They win despite Kobe Bryant's errant arm, flung into Rubio's potentially game-winning shot, an obvious foul if you ask the Timberwolves, a topic to evade if you ask Mike D'Antoni.
Lakers win, 120-117. There are no free throws. There is no overtime. There is no end to the Lakers' head-to-head winning streak over Minnesota, which now stands at 22 games, longest in the league.
If you're the Timberwolves, the game comes down to that final split second, to Rubio's shot from five feet beyond the 3-point line, to the all-too-real chance that they might have taken the L...