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                 === Bryant, Lakers ease past Timberwolves ===
 
 Los  Angeles, CA  (Sports Network)  - Kobe  Bryant scored  33 points  in three
 quarters and the Los Angeles Lakers continued the NBA's longest active winning
 streak over on opponent with a 116-94 rout of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
 
 The  Lakers have won  21 straight against Minnesota and 13 in a row at Staples
 Center.  They used  an efficient  night from  Bryant, five  other double-digit
 scorers and 16 3-pointers to keep their dominance going.
 
 Antawn  Jamison had  17 points and eight rebounds, while fellow reserves Jodie
 Meeks and Steve Blake chipped in 16 and 13 points, respectively, in the win.
 
 "We've  had enough  time together where we've turned a corner and we're making
 improvement instead of continually taking steps back," said Lakers guard Steve
 Nash, who finished with 10 points and seven assists.
 
 J.J.  Barea paced  Minnesota with 20 points,  but it wasn't enough to snap the
 club's three-game slide. Luke Ridnour added 19 points, and Ricky Rubio totaled
 13 points, 13 assists and eight boards in the setback.
 
 "We  just didn't  have enough tonight," Minnesota coach Rick Adelman admitted.
 "They  shot  the ball really well  and Kobe [Bryant] pretty much dominated the
 game."
 
 Bryant  shot 13-of-22  from the field and showed  he was on top of his game in
 the  opening minute  when he drove the  baseline and threw down a vintage one-
 handed slam over Nikola Pekovic.
 
 Nash  also  got out to  a fast start,  scoring seven points  on a 9-2 run that
 gave the Lakers a 16-6 lead less than five minutes in.
 
 Los  Angeles  held a  28-22 after  the first quarter  and used Bryant's second
 straight 11-point frame to take a 57-47 cushion into halftime.
 
 Bryant  scored 11  again in the third,  his last two coming on a fadeaway just
 before the buzzer to give the hosts a 91-75 advantage.
 
 The outcome was never in doubt over the final 12 minutes.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Minnesota  last beat the  Lakers on March 6, 2007 ... Pekovic had eight points
 in  the  opening quarter,  but did  not play  the rest  of the  game due to an
 abdominal strain ... Lakers center Dwight Howard totaled 11 points and a game-
 high 13 rebounds.
 
 03/01 02:43:25 ET