Lakers Fall In Preseason Opener Before Sold-Out London Arena

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LONDON (AP) – Michael Beasley scored 21 points in his Timberwolves debut and Minnesota beat the Los Angeles Lakers 111-92 Monday in their preseason opener in London.

Kobe Bryant put in a brief appearance for defending champion Los Angeles as he continues recovery from offseason knee surgery.

Bryant started but went scoreless in little more than 6 minutes, missing all three shots.

It wasn’t enough to satisfy the crowd at the sold-out O2 Arena, which chanted “Kobe, Kobe, Kobe” during the second half.

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Lamar Odom led the Lakers with 17 points.

Beasley and fellow newcomers Martell Webster and Anthony Tolliver helped the Timberwolves on a 32-13 third-quarter run to break open the game.

Webster led all scorers with 24 points off the bench and Tolliver added 10.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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