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Bryant, Lakers tumble Wolves

Sports Xchange MINNEAPOLIS -- On the night he surpassed Michael Jordan for third on the NBA's all-time scoring list, Los Angeles guard Kobe Bryant put up a team-high 26 points in the Lakers' 100-94 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Shortly aft...

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MINNEAPOLIS - On the night he surpassed Michael Jordan for third on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, Los Angeles guard Kobe Bryant put up a team-high 26 points in the Lakers’ 100-94 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Shortly after Minnesota tied the game at 94 with 1:22 to go, Bryant added a bit of flourish to his milestone night by hitting a 3-pointer that was enough to fend off the Timberwolves in Lakers’ third straight victory.

Entering Sunday needing only nine points to move past Jordan’s mark of 32,292, Bryant overtook the Chicago Bulls legend with a free throw in the second quarter. Bryant (32,310) now sits behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and Karl Malone (36,928) in career points.

Lakers forward Carlos Boozer scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, which proved key to helping keep Minnesota at bay late in the game. Boozer added 13 rebounds to notch his fourth double-double of the season.

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Minnesota forward Shabazz Muhammad came off the bench to tie his career high with 28 points, his third 20-point performance in his past six games. Rookie forward Andrew Wiggins finished with 16 points, shooting 4-for-12 from the floor but hitting all eight of his free throws.

The Timberwolves (5-18) lost for the 11th time in 13 games.

Minnesota forward Robbie Hummel drilled a 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter to tie the game 73, but while the Timberwolves stayed close, the Lakers never allowed them to reclaim a lead.

Wiggins fueled a quick start for the Timberwolves by scoring the team’s first six points. However, Minnesota ran into trouble when Wiggins was forced to the bench eight minutes into the first quarter after picking up his second foul.

With Wiggins sitting out, the Lakers (8-16) put together an 8-0 run as the Timberwolves missed seven straight shots to end the first quarter down 22-19.

Minnesota didn’t end its scoring drought until forward Chase Budinger hit a jumper a little over a minute into the second quarter to halt Los Angeles run at 10 points.

Bryant shot 1-for-5 from the floor to produce four first-quarter points, but he sparked the Lakers in the second quarter with 10 points, stretching Los Angeles’ lead to seven points. Minnesota drew within one point late in the second quarter before the Lakers secured a 49-44 lead heading into halftime.

The Lakers widened the deficit to 10 points midway through the third quarter, but Muhammad scored nine of Minnesota’s next 12 points to trigger a Timberwolves rally.

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NOTES: Timberwolves C Ronny Turiaf, who has sat out all but two games this season due to a lingering hip injury, will undergo surgery his right hip Tuesday in New York. Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said there is no timetable for Turiaf’s return. ... Timberwolves G Mo Williams missed his sixth consecutive game with back spasms. ... Shortly after surpassing Michael Jordan for third on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, Lakers G Kobe Bryant was honored by the Timberwolves with a short video montage. ... After starting the first 23 games of the season, Lakers G Jeremy Lin has come off the bench in four consecutive games. Prior to the game, Los Angeles coach Byron Scott said he was satisfied with his rotation since replacing Lin in the starting lineup with Ronnie Price last week.

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