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Kobe Bryant scores a season-high 38 points in the Lakers 119-115 win over the Timberwolves.

Lakers vs. Timberwolves (02/02/16)

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Timberwolves vs. Lakers

Kobe Bryant scores a season-high 38 points in the Lakers 119-115 win over the Timberwolves.
Feb 2, 2016  |  01:57

Kobe's Clutch Jumper

Kobe Bryant buries the clutch jumper on the way to his season-high 38 points in the Lakers 119-115 win over the Timberwolves.
Feb 2, 2016  |  00:21

Kobe's Season High

Kobe Bryant erupts for a season-high 38 points in the Lakers 119-115 win over the Timberwolves.
Feb 2, 2016  |  00:33

Randle Slams With Authority

Lou Williams finds a cutting Julius Randle for the two-hand throw down slam.
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Jordan Clarkson drives and finds Tarik Black for the lob slam.
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Julius Randle spins, ball fakes and finishes with the two-hand slam.
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Postgame: Kobe Bryant (02/02/16)

Kobe Bryant speaks postgame after scoring 38 points in a win over the Timberwolves. (02/02/16)
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Postgame: Byron Scott (02/02/16)

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Postgame: D'Angelo Russell (02/02/16)

D'Angelo Russell speaks postgame about the win and how the team backed each other up defensively and offensively. (02/02/16)
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Postgame: Julius Randle (02/02/16)

Julius Randle speaks postgame about how they can build off of this win, saying they showed a lot of character down the stretch. (02/02/16)
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Kobe scores 38, Lakers beat Wolves 119-115 to end 10-gm skid

Posted by Greg Beacham on Feb 2, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant hit seven 3-pointers while scoring a season-high 38 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped their 10-game losing streak with a 119-115 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.

Lou Williams scored 20 points for the Lakers, who avoided the longest losing streak in the 16-time champion franchise's history despite blowing a 16-point lead in the second half. Los Angeles had lost 10 straight for the first time since 1994.

Bryant took charge with a vintage performance in his farewell season, repeatedly scoring from the perimeter in the Lakers' first win since Jan. 12.

After Minnesota took the lead in the waning minutes, Bryant put the Lakers back ahead with dramatic back-to-back 3-pointers.

He also drained a 19-footer with 26 seconds last to put them up 113-110.

Bryant hit six free throws in the last 16.7 seconds. He scored 14 of the Lakers' 18 points in the final 5:02, evoking memories of the best years for the third-leading scorer in NBA history.

Andrew Wiggins scored 30 points and led an impressive second-half surge by the Timberwolves, who have lost five straight and 16 of 18. Gorgui Dieng scored 19 points, and Karl-Anthony Towns had 14 points and nine rebounds.

Wiggins made a turnover with 17 seconds left after Bryant's big jumper, and Bryant salted away the game at the line amid countless chants of his name from nostalgic fans.

Rookie D'Angelo Russell had 18 points for the Lakers.

The Timberwolves played without injured Kevin Martin, Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Garnett, whose sore right knee robbed him of his last chance to suit up against Bryant during their two parallel decades in the NBA. The Lakers met Garnett's Celtics in the 2008 and 2010 NBA Finals.

Several Lakers have said they didn't pay attention to the history behind their streak, but they came out against Minnesota seemingly determined to end it.

Los Angeles roared to a 16-point lead while scoring a season-high 39 points in the second quarter. The surge was led by Bryant and Russell, who was chosen right behind Towns last summer with the No. 2 pick in the draft.

The Lakers still led by 16 late in the third, but Minnesota went ahead on Zach LaVine's layup with 5:16 to play.

STREAKING

The game was another crossroads for the Lakers during what's already the worst three-season stretch in the proud franchise's history. The only other 10-game losing streak in Lakers history happened in the waning days of the 1993-94 season under interim coach Magic Johnson.

The current Lakers have at least seven losing streaks of four games already this season. Their only winning streak of the season was a three-game run around the new year.

TIP-INS

Timberwolves: Before the game, Garnett voiced support for coach Sam Mitchell, saying he sees progress from the struggling club's youngsters. ... Martin missed his fifth straight game with a right wrist injury.

Lakers: Rookie Larry Nance Jr. has been shut down until after the All-Star break to give his sore right knee more time to rest. The Lakers have four more games before their eight-day break. ... Los Angeles Rams greats Eric Dickerson and Vince Ferragamo watched the game from a luxury suite.

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Timberwolves: At Clippers on Wednesday.

Lakers: At Pelicans on Thursday.

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Injury Report

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  • Kobe Bryant (sore right shoulder) is probable.
  • Larry Nance Jr. (sore right knee) is doubtful.

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  • Kevin Garnett (sore right knee) is doubtful.
  • Kevin Martin (sore right wrist) is doubtful.

Game Notes

All-Time Series Notes: With a free throw at the 5:24 mark of the second quarter 12/14/14 at Minnesota, Kobe Bryant scored the 32,293rd point of his career and surpassed Michal Jordan for third place on the NBA’s all-time career scoring list … The Lakers dropped the 2013-14 season series 1-3, and it was their first series loss to the Timberwolves since the 2005-06 campaign (1-3) … The Lakers had a 22-game win streak against the Timberwolves from 3/18/07 to 3/27/13, which was the second longest streak for wins against an opponent in Lakers franchise history; ranking ahead of the 19-straight victories over the Dallas Mavericks from 1995-99, but behind a franchise record 24 consecutive victories over the Kansas City/Sacramento Kings from 1983-88 … At STAPLES Center, the Lakers are 24-7 all-time against the Timberwolves and have won 12 of their last 15 meetings in Los Angeles ... In Minnesota, the Lakers 13-3 in their last 16 games at Target Center ... In Minnesota 3/9/12, Kobe Bryant became the youngest player in NBA history to record 29,000 points (fifth ever to do so) ... In their first meeting of the 2011-12 season (1/29/12 at Target Center), Bryant passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the Lakers franchise leader in field goals made; in that same game, the Lakers posted zero steals for only the second time in franchise history while Minnesota matched a then opponent franchise record for fewest turnovers in a game with four (Oklahoma City tied an NBA record in 2012-13 against the Lakers with two turnovers) … In 2007, Bryant scored 50 points 3/18/07 vs. Minnesota, becoming the first Laker since Elgin Baylor in December of 1962 to post consecutive 50-point games as well as the first player since Wilt Chamberlain in 1963 to follow a 60-plus point scoring night with 50-plus points ... Additionally, Bryant’s 50-point effort matched Cedric Ceballos’ Lakers series record 50-point game posted on December 20, 1994… The Lakers and Timberwolves have met twice in the postseason (2003 First Round, 2004 Conference Finals) ... The Lakers defeated the Wolves 4-2 both times in the postseason despite Minnesota holding homecourt advantage in each series.

Connections: Lakers Assistant Coach Mark Madsen played for the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2003-09 under current Timberwolves Assistant Coach Sidney Lowe (2003-05) … Lakers F Brandon Bass and Timberwolves F Kevin Garnett were teammates on the Boston Celtics from 2011-13 … Lakers C Roy Hibbert and Timberwolves F Damjen Rudež were teammates on the Indiana Pacers during the 2014-15 season … Lakers G Lou Williams and Timberwolves G Andre Miller were teammates on the Philadelphia 76ers from 2006-2009 … Miller was also born in Los Angeles and went to high school at Verbum Dei … Lakers Assistant Coach Jim Eyen coached Miller when he was an assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings during the 2009-10 season … Lakers Head Coach Byron Scott was teammates with Minnesota Timberwolves Assistant Coach Sam Mitchell when they played for the Indiana Pacers from 1993-95 … Timberwolves F Andrew Wiggins and Lakers F/C Tarik Black were teammates at Kansas during the 2013-14 season … Wiggins and Lakers C Robert Sacre were members of Canada’s 2015 FIBA Americas Championship team that captured the bronze medal … Timberwolves Assistant Coach Bryan Gates was an assistant for the Canadian team as well … Timberwolves G Ricky Rubio and Lakers G Marcelo Huertas both played professionally for FC Barcelona (2009- 11 and 2011-15, respectively) … Minnesota Assistant Coach David Adelman is from Lynwood, CA and attended St. Pius X high school in Downey, CA before playing collegiately at Loyola Marymount … Timberwolves G Zach LaVine (2013-14) and F Shabazz Muhammad (2012-13) played collegiately at UCLA … Muhammad’s father, Ron Holmes, was a fouryear starting point guard for USC in the 1980s … Timberwolves F Tayshaun Prince was born in Compton and went to Dominguez High School.

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