Don't look now, but the Lakers are a game back of being .500 for the first time in quite some time.
On a related note, Kobe Bryant is still sticking it to a certain Dallas owner who suggested he's an obvious amnesty choice in the summer of 2013.
The Lakers (29-30) kept things rolling with a 116-94 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves (20-35) on Friday night, as Bryant's 33 points paced the Lakers to a big win over the Kevin Love-less Wolves. Antawn Jamison, Steve Blake and Jodie Meeks all chipped in double figures off the LA bench and over 50 percent from both the field and the free-throw line.
Dwight Howard had an efficient 11 points and 13 rebounds before exiting the game, and Steve Nash added 10 points and seven assists.
Luke Ridnour paced the Wolves with his outside shooting, scoring 19 points, and Ricky Rubio had one of his best games since returning from injury, pouring in 13 points and 13 assists in the losing effort.
J.J. Barea had 20 points off the bench for Minnesota. The Wolves have lost four straight.
Player of the Game: LA Guard Kobe Bryant
Bryant was stellar yet again, scoring 33 points and adding five assists. He blended his usual scoring exploits with some nice passes to open teammates and continues to thrive in Mike D'Antoni's open offense.
After torching the Dallas Mavericks earlier in the week and shrugging off comments of any amnesty talk, Kobe has responded with a few of his best games of the season. It didn't matter who was guarding No. 24 on Thursday—he had it going.
It was just one of those nights.
Up Next for the Timberwolves
Looking to snap their four-game skid, the Timberwolves will head to Portland to take on their division rival Trail Blazers on Saturday. After that, the Timberwolves will have to dig deep for a Monday night showdown against the Miami Heat.
Up Next for the Lakers
LA has a couple days to rest before a Sunday showdown with the Atlanta Hawks, but the big game that will be circled on everyone's schedule happens on Tuesday, when the Lakers will travel to Oklahoma City for a third game against the Thunder this season.
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