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Kobe Bryant's 30 points were a game-high in the Lakers' Friday night win over the Timberwolves.
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 9 (AP) -- Kobe Bryant scored 30 points and Lamar Odom had 18 points and 10 rebounds in his season debut Friday night to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 107-93 victory over the winless Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Lakers were well-balanced. Andrew Bynum and Chris Mihm each had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Derek Fisher had 11 points and nine assists, and Ronny Turiaf scored 11 points. Bryant chipped in with seven assists.
Los Angeles took control with an 18-3 burst that began with two minutes left in the second quarter and ended with Fisher's 18-foot jumper for a 68-52 lead four minutes into the third.
The Timberwolves got no closer than seven points the rest of the way.
Odom was coming back from shoulder surgery he had last spring.
Bryant, who seems to be looking to pass more this season, made a couple of fine lobs that Turiaf and Bynum had only to tip in. Bryant was on the receiving end of another, a pass just beneath the rim that Bryant, breaking across under the basket, redirected into the hoop with a flick of his left hand.
Point guard Rashad McCants, second in scoring for Minnesota with a 14.7 average, did not play because of a sprained right ankle. He was hurt in the first quarter of Tuesday's 111-103 loss to Orlando.
Bryant had 14 points by halftime and the Lakers led 56-50. After scoring 12 in the first quarter, Bryant took only two shots in the second and scored two points, both from the free throw line.
Gomes finished the first half with 13 points and Jefferson had 12 points and six rebounds.
The Lakers fell behind 20-12 midway through the opening quarter, but Bryant hit a 3 in the final minute for a 30-28 lead at the end of the period.
Gomes had nine points for the Timberwolves in the first quarter.
Notes: Bryant totaled 90 points in the Lakers' final two games against Minnesota last season. ... Los Angeles F-C Kwame Brown missed his second consecutive game because of bursitis in his right heel. ... The Timberwolves won one of four meetings with the Lakers last season, a 117-107 overtime win in Minnesota. ... Odom replaced Luke Walton at small forward in the starting lineup. Odom, whose surgery on his left shoulder was last May, didn't show any fear about going inside and mixing it up against the Timberwolves. He drove through the defense for a layup on his first shot of the game, and battled for a rebound on his next trip down the floor.