Flu, 'Wolves Can't Stop Kobe

Ailing Lakers can't help but rout Minnesota 116-95
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2007 3:14 AM CST
Minnesota Timberwolves' Chris Richard, left, fouls Los Angeles Lakers' Sasha Vujacic, right, of Slovenia, as he attempts a shot in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007, in...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Neither germs, nor snow, nor injuries could keep the Lakers from winning last night's game against the Timberwolves. The team marched through a blizzard to reach the arena and Kobe Bryant soldiered on through nausea and fatigue to come up with 20 points in the 116-95 victory, the Los Angeles Times reports.

With Andrew Bynum incapacitated with flu and Kwame Brown sidelined with injuries, it took the desperation of a 2-5 run to drive the Lakers to overcome the hapless Timberwolves. Sebastian Telfair had a team-high 16 points for Minnesota, while Big Al Jefferson found himself only able to contribute 12 in the face of pressure from LA's backup centers, Chris Mihm and Lamar Odom.