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LAst Night's Action: Lakers Almost Bit by Wolves

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LA Lakers defeat Minnesota Timberwolves 99-94. Being given the day off on Monday after their 25-point demolition of the Portland Trail Blazers Sunday night, the Lakers looked like they were still taking a day off as they played the Timberwolves.

Kevin Love got a double-double in the first half alone when the Lakers needed an 8-2 run by Kobe Bryant to get a 58-52 lead. He ended up scoring 23 points and grabbing a career-high 24 rebounds that helped the Wolves stay no more than 11 points behind the Lakers.

But for being the youngest team in the NBA with no center, it’s hard to overcome a 33-point outburst from Bryant, a double-double 18 point, 10 rebound performance by Pau Gasol and coughing the ball up 27 times.

That’s not to say that the Lakers didn’t try to give away the game. Their 18 turnovers wasn’t a thing of beauty. Neither was Ron Artest and Lamar Odom straddling the line with foul troubles.

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But the champs being the champs got it done, and they also got the crowd their tacos. The Lakers now take their 8-0 record to Denver who just got 54 points scored on them in the third quarter in Indiana. Oof.