Bryant climbed into third place behind
The Timberwolves wiped out a 10-point deficit to tie the score at 94-94 with 1:22 left before Bryant converted a long three-point shot over two defenders. He then scored his 26th point of the night 42 seconds later with a free throw.
Nick Young (seven points) finished the scoring for the night with a pair of free throws, giving the Lakers their six-point winning margin.
Minnesota was led by UCLA product
The Timberwolves shot 42.2% from the field and 30% (3 of 10) from behind the arc.
The Lakers (8-16) will try to win their fourth straight on Monday when they play the Pacers (7-17) in Indianapolis. The Timberwolves (5-18) are off until Tuesday, when they'll play the
The Lakers pulled ahead by 10 points with about 5 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter but couldn't hold the double-digit lead heading into the fourth.
The Lakers had four players in double-figure scoring:
The game was paused to honor Bryant, with Timberwolves owner
Bryant finished with 14 points in the half on three-of-10 shooting, but he went seven for seven at the free-throw line.
The Lakers shot 42.9% from the field as a team.
Former UCLA Bruin
Bryant missed four of five shots, scoring four points, four shy of Jordan's 32,292 points.
The Lakers were led by
The Wolves shot 42.1%, with rookie
The Lakers (7-16) look to win their third in a row, visiting the
The Timberwolves previously beat the Lakers in late-November, 120-19, despite playing without
The same players are out Sunday and
The Lakers are still down
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