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Lakers vs. Timberwolves preview: This is Kobe Bryant's night

Kobe Bryant is all prepped up to pass Michael Jordan against the Timerwolves Sunday.

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Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers stunned the San Antonio Spurs with an overtime victory, and the stage has been set for the Black Mamba to make history Sunday night. Kobe is set to pass Michael Jordan on the NBA's all-time scoring list against the Minnesota Timberwolves, needing just nine points to pass His Airness. Sure, it isn't a franchise like the Spurs he'll be doing it against, but it's solid that he'll be doing so in a game against rookie Andrew Wiggins, who many feel could be the next great shooting guard (or small forward) in the NBA.

Minnesota is still a bit shorthanded without Ricky Rubio and Kevin Martin, but the Lakers learned that doesn't matter the hard way last time around. The Lakers were shredded by the Timberwolves' "other" rookie, Zach LaVine, for 28 points off the bench in a loss. Thaddeus Young and Mo Williams also added in 20 points each, and it was an ugly game for L.A. to drop.

Both teams are very bad defensively, and the Lakers didn't struggle to score against Minnesota. Non-surprisingly, they just couldn't come up with enough stops, and eventually the clock stopped with Minnesota winning by one. There's virtually no way Kobe doesn't score at least nine points against Minnesota, which means only one thing: Get your popcorn ready, DVR's programmed, tweets ready to fire, and enjoy what will be a big game in NBA history.

Time: 4 p.m. PT

Station: TWCSN

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