The first half of the game for the Minnesota Timberwolves was promising; the second half was just a slow fade. The Wolves were outscored 23-15 in the fourth quarter and that resulted in a 104-91 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Bryant is expected to miss at least six weeks after suffering a fractured left knee Tuesday night in Memphis.
Pau Gasol, the only player to start all 26 games for the Lakers, had 21 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists. Nick Young scored a team-high 25 points off the bench, including a four-point play that gave the Lakers a lead after Corey Brewer fouled him behind the arc with 2:37 left in the third quarter.
Brewer scored just five points after missing all eight of his field-goal attempts.
Wolves point guard Ricky Rubio missed the morning shootaround because he wasn’t feeling well. He played 30 minutes, finishing with six points, seven assists and six rebounds.
Lakers Coach Mike D’Antoni used his 11th starting lineup, and Henry shot 8 for 19 and had four assists in 42 minutes.