Lakers 116, Timberwolves 94: Kobe Bryant scored 33 points in three quarters and Los Angeles pulled away in the second half to beat visiting Minnesota for the 21st consecutive time.
Reserves Antawn Jamison (17 points), Jodie Meeks (16) and Steve Blake combined for 46 points as the Lakers extended the league's longest active win streak against an opponent and pulled within two games of eighth-place Houston.
Bryant connected on 4 of 8 3-pointers and Meeks and Blake combined for seven more as Los Angeles was 16-of-32 from behind the arc, including 7-of-11 during the decisive third period.
J.J. Barea scored 20 points off the bench, Luke Ridnour added 19 and Ricky Rubio had 13 points and 13 assists for the Timberwolves, who have lost four straight and 20 of their last 24.
Bryant hit back-to-back threes as the Lakers built a 15-point lead with 8 1/2 minutes left in the third. The Timberwolves cut the deficit to eight before Meeks, Jamison and Blake scored the final 18 points of the quarter to make it 91-75.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Bryant is 8-of-14 from 3-point range in the last three games after struggling through a 2-for-37 stretch from long distance over the previous 16 contests. ... Timberwolves F Andrei Kirilenko sat out due to a left calf strain suffered in Tuesday's loss to Phoenix. ... Lakers C Dwight Howard had his fifth straight double-figure rebound game with 13 boards to go along with 11 points and four blocked shots.