NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, November 9th (All times eastern)
Los Angeles Lakers (3-1) at Minnesota Timberwolves (2-2), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Minnesota Timberwolves try to win their second straight game tonight, as they host Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Target Center.
On Monday, Kevin Garnett had team-highs of 22 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, as the Timberwolves defeated the Los Angeles Clippers, 93-78, at the Target Center.
Wally Szczerbiak chipped in 15 points and four rebounds for Minnesota, which snapped a two-game losing streak and avenged Saturday's overtime loss to the Clippers. The Timberwolves also lost in OT to Seattle on November 4th. Guard Anthony Carter finished with 11 points off the bench in Monday's victory for the Timberwolves.
Garnett leads the Timberwolves in scoring (22.0 ppg), rebounding (10.0 rpg) and assists (6.8 apg) after four games played.
The Timberwolves are scheduled to visit Denver on Sunday, and will then return home for a three-game homestand. Minnesota will host Houston, Washington and Charlotte on the stand.
The Lakers play the second of a four-game road trip. On Tuesday, Bryant scored a game-high 37 points to lead the Lakers to a 103-97 victory over the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena.
Bryant shot 15-of-26 and dished out five assists in the win over Atlanta, while Smush Parker added 21 points for the Lakers. Lamar Odom chipped in 13 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and five steals.
The Lakers will also face Philadelphia and Memphis on the current stand, before returning home for a five-game homestand. They will host New York, the Clippers, Chicago, Seattle and New Jersey.
Minnesota, which lost to the Lakers in the 2004 Western Conference finals, has won four of the last seven meetings in the series. The Lakers have lost five of seven and six of their last nine at Minnesota.
11/09 11:55:52 ET