Did the Lakers’ 11th consecutive victory come with a price? it turns out Kobe Bryant suffered an avulsion fracture of his right index finger. It did not stop him from scoring a team-leading 20 points on 8-for-18 shooting, but it remains to be seen how it will impact him in future games. The Lakers left late tonight for the start of a five-game trip. Pau Gasol had 17 points and 20 rebounds and Ron Artest added 16 points as the Lakers improved their league-best record to 18-3. Al Jefferson led Minnesota with 24 points. Kevin Love couldn’t shoot straight, but the former UCLA standout had 19 rebounds. Love scored only seven points on 3-for-14 shooting.