Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Kobe Bryant supplied 31 points and his
block from behind with the clock expiring allowed the Lakers to hold on for a
120-117 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday at Target Center.
Bryant could've clinched the victory at the free throw line, but misfired on
his second attempt with 3.4 seconds left. Ricky Rubio grabbed the rebound and
raced down the court to attempt a potential game-tying 3-pointer, but it fell
short after Bryant got just enough of the ball on his block from behind.
Dwight Howard amassed 25 points and 16 rebounds, Pau Gasol totaled 17 points
with nine boards and Steve Nash had 16 points with eight assists in the
Lakers' 22nd straight victory over Minnesota.
Rubio had 13 points and seven assists in the setback for the Timberwolves, who
had won two of three coming in. Nikola Pekovic finished with 19 points and 16
rebounds, while Dante Cunningham scored 18 in defeat.
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