Lakers hold off Timberwolves to improve to 8-0

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, top, and Minnesota Timberwolves guard Sebastian Telfair scramble

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, top, and Minnesota Timberwolves guard Sebastian Telfair scramble

LOS ANGELES – Kobe Bryant scored 33 points, Pau Gasol added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers improved to 8-0 for just the third time in franchise history with a 99-94 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.

Lamar Odom overcame foul trouble and scored two important late baskets to finish with 15 points for the Lakers, who matched the 1987-88 team for the second-best start in club history. Only the 1997-98 Lakers were better, starting 11-0.

Yet the Lakers never pulled away from the rebuilding Timberwolves, who lost their sixth straight. Kevin Love had 23 points and a career-high 24 rebounds for Minnesota, which lost its 12th straight to the Lakers despite getting within two points in the final minutes.

Love, the one-season UCLA star, finished two points shy of his career high while battling with Ron Artest, who scored 13 points. Read more of this post

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