Lakers finally break 100 and win on road, beat Minnesota, 106-101
The Lakers won a road game and ended a team-record 13-game streak of games under 100 points, beating the Minnesota Timberwolves, 106-101, Sunday at Target Center.
Kobe Bryant had 35 points and Pau Gasol scored 28 for the Lakers (12-9), who improved to 2-7 on the road. Bryant set a franchise record in the second quarter when he made his 9,936th career field goal, passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Bryant made 14 of 29 shots in the game and now has 9,946 career field goals.
Bryant and Gasol played the entire second half. The Lakers held an 18-point lead with 4:53 to play in the third quarter, somehow trailed by two in the fourth quarter, but managed to push past Minnesota.
Metta World Peace started for the first time this season, replacing Matt Barnes in the lineup and finishing with two points in 33 minutes.
The Lakers hadn't scored more than 100 points in 13 consecutive games, a team record for futility since the shot clock was introduced in 1954.
The Lakers looked better against Minnesota than they did Saturday in Milwaukee. Gasol made only six of 18 shots in that game, which the Lakers lost, 100-89.
Gasol made 11 of 15 shots against Minnesota
Kevin Love had 33 points and 13 rebounds for Minnesota (9-11).
Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant drives around Timberwolves guard Wayne Ellington in the first half on Sunday in Minneapolis. Credit: Jim Mone / Associated Press