(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Lakers saw a three-game winning streaksnapped on Wednesday, but will try to get back on track Friday night when theyvisit the Minnesota Timberwolves, a team the Lakers have owned in recenthistory.
The Lakers have won 19 in a row against the Timberwolves and 10 of their last11 in Minnesota. L.A. is unbeaten in nine straight at Minnesota and last lostin the Twin Cities on Mar. 6, 2007.
The Lakers started a six-game road swing with a 92-86 setback in Phoenix tothe Suns. They held a 10-point lead to start the final quarter, but watchedthe Suns wins the final frame, 29-13.
"We just didn't score. We only had 13 points in the quarter," said head coachMike D'Antoni. "I thought we had some open shots and we didn't knock themdown. We missed some foul shots, we had like six or seven turnovers in thefourth quarter."
Wednesday marked the return to Phoenix for two-time MVP Steve Nash, who spentthe previous seven seasons on the Suns. Nash had 11 points and two assists inthe loss.
Kobe Bryant just missed out on his fourth straight game with 10-or-moreassists. He had nine helpers and 17 points. During the three-game winningstreak, Bryant only averaged 16.3 ppg, but dished out 13 apg.
Despite the setback to the Suns, Bryant wasn't too dismayed after the loss.
"This is not like it was earlier in the year, this is a little different,"Bryant said. "We're playing well. I mean, they got back in the game, they madesome good shots and they ended up winning the game tonight, but I'm not tooconcerned about it."
The Timberwolves are struggling badly with five straight losses coming intoFriday's game.
Head coach Rick Adelman returned to the bench for the first time in threeweeks Wednesday after being away to tend to his sick wife. He couldn't helpthem topple the Los Angeles Clippers, who won 96-90 without All-Star guardChris Paul.
The Wolves won the turnover battle, but were outrebounded, 45-38.
"We are not as big as they are," Adelman said. "We had (Dante Cunningham) on(DeAndre) Jordan and he just jumped over him. We talked at halftime that ifyou know a guy is that long, you are not going to win the jumping contest, youare going to lose that battle."
The Timberwolves have battled more injuries than most teams. Kevin Love, ChaseBudinger and Brandon Roy are still out, but Nikola Pekovic and Alexey Shvedboth returned against the Clippers. Pekovic had 17 points and 12 rebounds,while Shved netted 12 points.