LOS ANGELES, March 26 (Ticker) -- The Los Angeles Lakers are rounding into postseason form, and there doesn't seem to be anything the rest of the Western Conference can do about it.

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Kobe Bryant scored 35 points and Shaquille O'Neal added 22 and 18 rebounds as the Lakers won their seventh straight game, a 90-73 thrashing of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

With all four superstars healthy and playing well together, the Lakers have become formidable. Their current streak began against some of the NBA's patsies, but in their last two games, they have dismantled division leaders Sacramento and Minnesota.

"We have everybody healthy and we are starting to build our chemistry back," Bryant said.

Bryant continues to play his best basketball of the season, making 13-of-21 shots and adding nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks. During the winning streak, he is averaging 31.4 points.

O'Neal was his usual dominant self, collecting his 11th straight double-double. He is averaging 21.7 points and 17 rebounds during the streak.

The defense also has gotten tougher, holding Minnesota - the best-shooting team in the NBA - to just 31 percent (27-of-86). The Timberwolves' "Three-Headed Monster" of Kevin Garnett, Sam Cassell and Latrell Sprewell made a combined 15-of-43 shots.

"When you go out there and put the effort forward on the defensive end, good things happen," forward Karl Malone said.

"I think this win is good for us," Bryant said. "It shows we are improving and playing defense consistently."

The Lakers (49-23) hurdled the Wolves (49-24) in the Western Conference standings and are two games behind Sacramento for the Pacific Division lead.

"When we get in the playoffs, we are confident that we can beat anybody," Bryant said.

"The team's looking really good right now with 10 games left, before the real season starts," O'Neal said.

The Lakers took the lead for good near the end of the first quarter, which saw Bryant score 11 points. They widened the advantage to 50-42 at halftime before controlling the third quarter.

Bryant had a layup and 3-pointer in an 11-0 spurt that pushed the margin to 70-48 with 5:05 left. O'Neal's driving finger roll capped the quarter and made it 78-54.

In the period, Bryant scored 13 points and the Lakers shot 50 percent (13-of-26) while holding the Wolves to 26 percent (6-of-23).

"We just let them do whatever they wanted to do," Cassell said. "They dictated the tempo, how they were going to play, how the game was going to play (out), and we didn't do anything about it."