Lakers continue trip in Minnesota
(Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Lakers resume their four-game road
trip this evening when they pay a visit to the Minnesota Timberwolves at the
Los Angeles has dropped two in a row and suffered a 99-94 loss to the Phoenix
Suns on Sunday in the opener of the swing. Kobe Bryant had 31 points and Brian
Cook tallied 22 points and 14 boards for the Lakers, who are 13-17 on the road
this season and 3-8 over the last 11 games.
Los Angeles was playing its first game without forward Lamar Odom, who is out
indefinitely with a torn left labrum suffered on Friday. The Lakers will also
visit Milwaukee and Philadelphia on their trip, and currently sit sixth
overall in the Western Conference standings.
The Lakers are also 13 games behind Phoenix in the Pacific Division.
Meanwhile, Minnesota has dropped three straight and six of its last seven
games, including Sunday’s 124-117 double-overtime loss to the Boston Celtics
at TD Banknorth Garden.
Former Celtic Ricky Davis recorded 35 points and nine assists, while Kevin
Garnett posted a triple-double with 33 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for
the Timberwolves, who are 3 1/2 games off the eighth and final playoff spot in
the Western Conference.
Minnesota will try to work on its 17-13 home record this evening, and is 14
1/2 games off the lead in the Northwest standings.
Tuesday’s showdown between Los Angeles and Minnesota is the third of four
meetings this season. The Lakers are 2-0 so far in the series and will host
the Timberwolves at the Staples Center on March 18. They have won three
straight and six of the last 10 meetings.
Los Angeles ended a two-game losing streak at Minnesota with a win on December
20 this season at the Target Center.