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TDIKH: March 18

March 18, 2007

28 years, 207 days

Minnesota mounted a roaring fourth-quarter comeback, but Kobe Bryant led the Lakers to victory with a feat that hadn’t been accomplished in Los Angeles since 1962.

Bryant dropped 50 points for the second straight game, becoming the first Laker to do so since Elgin Baylor 44 years earlier, while leading L.A. to a 109-102 win.

“I’m just being more aggressive at both ends of the floor,” Bryant told reporters. “At this point in the season, it’s important that I stress the sense of urgency that we have to have, and the type of emotion and energy that you have to play with.”

Bryant was steaming early, scoring 14 points in the first eight minutes to push the Lakers to a quick 27-10 lead.

L.A. led by nine at halftime and then poured it on with a 35-25 third frame keyed by 16 points from the season’s All-Star Game MVP.

However, the Timberwolves were able to scratch back behind Ricky Davis — who scored 14 of his 33 points in the final period — as he hit a corner 3-pointer with three minutes left to trim Los Angeles’ lead to 95-92.

But that was as close as the visitors would come, as Bryant scored eight of L.A.’s final 14 points.

He finished with four triples and 12 free throws to complement two teammates in triple-double range: Smush Parker (19 points, seven rebounds, nine assists) and Lamar Odom (16 points, nine rebounds, eight assists).

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