LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pau Gasol scored 25 points, Kobe Bryant added 18 on his sprained left ankle, and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame Andrew Bynum’s fourth-quarter ejection to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves for the 15th straight time, 106-98 on Friday night.
Bynum had 10 points and 14 rebounds before getting tossed with 6:16 to play for a flagrant foul against Michael Beasley, who crashed to the floor after Bynum clobbered him on a drive.
Despite a rusty return from a three-day break, Los Angeles has won 11 of 12 since All-Star weekend.
Wes Johnson scored a career-high 29 points for the Timberwolves, who have lost 14 of 18.
Beasley scored 18 points before leaving with apparent hip pain from Bynum’s foul.
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