Kobe Bryant drained a huge dagger in the final minute of the fourth quarter to snap the Los Angeles Lakers' 10-game losing streak with a 119-115 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Bryant ended the night with a season-high 38 points in 33 minutes, battling a late surge from Andrew Wiggins to end the long losing streak that's hung over the Lakers since mid-January.
The Lakers had a very good start to the game, scoring 66 points through the first half, the most they've tallied in two quarters this season. The lead disappeared as the second half went on, though, with Andrew Wiggins picking up his play as the game went on. Wiggins ended the night with a team-high 30 points, fouling out with 7.5 seconds left in the game.
Kobe Bryant was on fire from three-point range, draining seven three-pointers. It was his most prolific three-point shooting performance in eight years, and the Lakers needed every one of them to hold off the Timberwolves. He notched his third 30-point game of the year, making 10 of his 21 field goal attempts on a season-best night from the Black Mamba.
Tarik Black enjoyed extended playing time, punching in 20 minutes to fill in for Larry Nance, Jr. He was active on both ends of the floor, putting in solid time in the opportunity he's being allowed as Nance, Jr. rests his sore right knee. Julius Randle notched another double-double, filling in 15 points and 12 assists.
It was a wild back-and-forth second half, but ultimately the Lakers were able to close things out for their first win since Jan. 12. L.A. now hits a four-game road trip that opens up in New Orleans against the Pelicans on Thursday.
The streak is over, and the record set back in 1994 and matched this season is safe. Good game, Kobe.