Wednesday , Mar , 15 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Lakers welcome slumping Timberwolves to Staples Center

(Sports Network) – The slumping Minnesota Timberwolves hope to halt a season-
worst five-game losing streak tonight, as they visit the Los Angeles Lakers at
the Staples Center.

Minnesota plays the fifth of a six-game road trip. On Monday, Chris Kaman
finished with 24 points and a career-high 23 rebounds, as the Los Angeles
Clippers handed the Timberwolves a 95-87 loss at Staples Center.

Ricky Davis led the way with 20 points in the loss to the Clippers for the
Timberwolves, who have dropped 12 of their last 16 games overall. Mark Blount
ended with 18 points and Kevin Garnett netted 13 points and pulled down 16
boards for Minnesota.

The Timberwolves, who are scheduled to visit the Golden State Warriors on
Thursday at The Arena in Oakland, are a brutal 8-23 as the visitor this
season.

Los Angeles attempts to halt a two-game losing streak. On Wednesday, Mike
Bibby had 29 points and Ron Artest netted 28, as the Sacramento Kings pulled
away to beat the Lakers, 114-98, at ARCO Arena.

Kobe Bryant scored 30 points in the loss to Sacramento for the Lakers. Bryant
also had seven rebounds and seven assists, but shot just 12-of-28 from the
field. Lamar Odom added 24 points and seven assists, as the Lakers lost their
second straight.

Bryant, who is averaging a league-best 35.0 points per game, has scored over
20 points in 45 straight games.

The Lakers are 17-13 as the host this season. They have dropped two in a row
at home.

This is the fourth and final meeting of the season between the clubs. In the
three previous contests, the Timberwolves won a pair of contests at the
Target Center and defeated the Lakers, 113-108, on December 2nd at the Staples
Center.

Minnesota, which has won four in a row in this series, has won two straight
after losing its last two at the Lakers. These teams have split the last six
meetings at the Staples Center.

LAL MIN