Halftime: Lakers 56, Timberwolves 54

The Lakers’ Big Three of Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol scored 10 points each in the first half tonight. Bryant suffered a fractured right index finger late in the first quarter and played only 16 minutes in the half. Al Jefferson and Ramon Sessions each had 12 points for Minnesota. Before the game, the Lakers presented Minnesota coach Kurt Rambis with his championship ring. Actually, Lakers coach Phil Jackson did the presenting at halfcourt. Rambis, a former Lakers player and assistant coach, received a warm reception from the Staples Center crowd.

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