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Recap - Lakers Defeat Minnesota 120-117

Minnesota was victimized by Kobe Bryant for 31 points as the Lakers defeated the Timberwolves 120-117 in NBA action on Wednesday.

Los Angeles won on the scoreboard, but lost at the pay window as they failed to cover the 4.5-point spread. The game went OVER the consensus closing total of 205.5.

Dwight Howard had 25 points for Los Angeles and Antawn Jamison chipped in with 18 points. Steve Nash had 8 assists for the Lakers, while Dwight Howard was the team's top rebounder, grabbing 16 boards.

Minnesota got 19 points from Nikola Pekovic in a losing cause and another 18 points from Dante Cunningham. Ricky Rubio contributed 7 assists for the Timberwolves, while Nikola Pekovic had 16 rebounds.

Los Angeles led at halftime, 50-46.

Minnesota won the battle of the boards, outrebounding their counterparts 45-44.

Next game, Los Angeles takes its act on the road to face Milwaukee looking for another win. For Minnesota, they head home to face Oklahoma City.