The Lakers got a 33-point performance from Kobe Bryant as Los Angeles handed Minnesota a 99-94 defeat on Tuesday at STAPLES Center.
Los Angeles won on the scoreboard, but lost at the pay window as they failed to cover the 17.5-point spread. The game went UNDER the consensus closing total of 214.5.
Los Angeles got 18 points from Pau Gasol and another 15 points from Lamar Odom. Derek Fisher contributed 4 assists, while Pau Gasol cleaned the glass with 10 rebounds.
Minnesota got 23 points from Kevin Love in a losing cause and another 17 points from Michael Beasley. Sebastian Telfair contributed 9 assists for the Timberwolves, while Kevin Love had 24 rebounds.
First-half bettors who backed Los Angeles were victorious, as the score was 58-52 at the break.
Minnesota won the battle of the boards, outrebounding their counterparts 54-42.
Los Angeles looks to continue their winning ways next game with a battle against the Nuggets. The Timberwolves will aim to get back on the winning track at Sacramento.