Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Pau Gasol was inserted back into the starting lineup and recorded 22 points and 12 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Lakers continue their dominance over the Minnesota Timberwolves with a 111-100 victory at Target Center.
Even with All-Star center Dwight Howard back in Los Angeles to have treatment done on his ailing right shoulder, the Lakers raced out to an early lead and held on to snap an eight-game road skid and earn their 20th straight win over the Timberwolves.
Kobe Bryant nearly posted a triple-double with 17 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, while Antawn Jamison and Steven Nash chipped in 18 and 17 points, respectively, for the victors.
The Lakers dropped the opener of their seven-game road trip on Wednesday after squandering a late double-digit lead to the Suns. They saw a 26-point cushion dip to four midway through the fourth quarter Friday before pulling away for their fourth win in five games.
Alexey Shved had 18 points to pace the Timberwolves, losers of six straight.