NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, February 22nd (All times eastern)
Los Angeles Lakers (45-10) at Minnesota Timberwolves (18-36), 7:00 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Lakers will take the NBA's best record to the road for two straight games, starting with Sunday's tilt against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center.
The Lakers are an impressive 45-10 this season and will also visit the Oklahoma City Thunder on the quick trek. They are 19-6 away from Hollywood and have won three straight overall, including Friday's 115-111 overtime victory versus the New Orleans Hornets at Staples Center.
Kobe Bryant scored 11 of his game-high 39 points in overtime, as the Lakers won for the 10th time in their last 11 contests. Bryant went 13-of-30 from the field and made all 12 of his foul shots, while Pau Gasol had 20 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for the Lakers. Lamar Odom totaled 12 points and 17 boards in a winning effort.
Minnesota will try to put the brakes on a five-game home losing streak tonight versus LA, and is 8-18 as the host this season. It opened a brief two-game homestand with a 112-105 setback versus Indiana despite Randy Foye scoring a career-high 36 points on 13-of-23 shooting.
Ryan Gomes had 26 points and Mike Miller added 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists for Minnesota, which has lost six of seven games overall. The Wolves made some news off the court recently by acquiring forward Shelden Williams and reserve point guard Bobby Brown from Sacramento in exchange for swingman Rashad McCants and seldom-used center Calvin Booth. Brown and Williams are expected to play Sunday.
Los Angeles and Minnesota are playing the third of four matchups this season tonight and the Lakers have won the first two tests. The Lakers have won six straight and nine of the last 10 meetings with the Timberwolves, who have won eight of the previous 14 matchups as the host in this series.
02/22 10:40:22 ET