Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 3)

Series starts 1/10

Game 1: Monday, January 10th
Game 2: Wednesday, January 19th
Game 3: Thursday, March 31st

Lakers 105

(18-14, 6-8 away)

Timberwolves 96

(17-16, 9-6 home)

Coverage: KSTC

7:00 PM ET, January 10, 2005

Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

1 2 3 4 T
LAL 14 30 23 38105
MIN 27 26 23 2096

Top Performers

LAL: K. Bryant 31 Pts, 1 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Blk

Min: K. Garnett 23 Pts, 13 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl

LA Lakers (17-14) at Minnesota (17-15) 8:00 pm EST

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Last season, the Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves met in the Western Conference finals. As this season approaches its midway point, either team would consider itself lucky to make it that far.

The struggling Timberwolves look to win for just the second time in their last seven games Monday when they host the Lakers, who have lost two of three.

Minnesota returned virtually everyone from last season's 58-24 squad, but have not found similar success. After improving to 15-8 with a victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on December 17, Minnesota has lost seven of nine to drop into seventh place in the Western Conference.

Despite his team's struggles, reigning MVP Kevin Garnett has been outstanding, averaging 28.3 points and 18.5 rebounds in his last four games.

Garnett collected 25 points and 19 rebounds Saturday, but he missed two shots in the final five seconds in a 117-114 loss to the Washington Wizards.

Starting point guard Sam Cassell did not play due to a strained right hamstring and his status is questionable for Monday's contest.

The Lakers are one-half game ahead of the Timberwolves in the West after snapping a two-game losing streak with a 111-104 victory over the Houston Rockets on Friday. Kobe Bryant led Los Angeles with 27 points and 10 assists.

It was Bryant's ninth double-figure assist performance of the season. He had just six in 2003-04.

It will be the first meeting between the teams since the Lakers topped the Wolves in six games to advance to the NBA Finals. Minnesota took three of four in the regular season to win the season series for the first time in team history.