The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Timberwolves for the 21st consecutive time Thursday. The Minnesota Timberwolves fell to the Los Angeles Lakers 106-94 Thursday night at Staples Center. The Wolves have not topped the Lakers at Staples Center since 2005.

Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 33 points and JJ Barea was Minnesota's leading scorer with 20.

The Wolves will play at Portland on Saturday night.