Lakers Vs. Jazz: L.A. Falls Short Of 6th Straight Win

The Lakers had beaten the Jazz in 26 of their 29 meetings at Staples Center prior to Sunday.

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Lakers Vs. Jazz Final Score: L.A. Win Streak Snapped By Utah In 103-99 Loss

The Los Angeles Lakers hosted the Utah Jazz on Sunday night in search of their sixth straight victory and their 20th win at the Staples Center. Alas, even with a home record as dominant as the Lakers' has been in the 2011-12 season, it is a tall order to be able to win them all. The Lakers fell behind early and ended up taking the 103-99 loss.

The Jazz outscored the Lakers in the first quarter and held a slim 45-44 lead entering halftime. They once again outscored the home team 30-25 in the third quarter and led late in the game. Despite a late flurry that brought the Lakers close in the final minutes, Utah held on for the win.

Andrew Bynum was outstanding for the Lakers, leading all scorers with 33 points and securing the double-double with 11 rebounds. Kobe Bryant had just 15 points, shooting a mere 3-for-20 from the floor.

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Lakers Vs. Timberwolves Final Score: L.A. Picks Up 5th Straight Win, 97-92

The Ramon Sessions era in Southern California has officially gotten off on the right foot. As the Los Angeles Lakers hosted the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Staples Center on Friday night, they bid farewell to Derek Fisher and welcomed in new point guard Sessions. The Lakers continued their insane dominance at home, improving their season record to 19-2 at Staples Center with a 97-92 win.

The Lakers pulled ahead with an early lead and were never really in danger throughout, playing with ease and confidence. Sessions played 19 minutes in the game, finishing with seven points, four rebounds and five assists. Kobe Bryant put together yet another exemplary game, with 28 points, four rebounds and three assists. Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum both finished with double-doubles.

The victory was the fifth straight for the Lakers, who seem to have righted the ship in a big, bad way.

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Lakers Vs. Timberwolves Score Update: L.A. Leads 50-41 At Halftime

The Los Angeles Lakers are hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Staples Center and looking for their fifth straight win. Thus far, the Lakers are continuing their dominance at home, as they enter halftime ahead by a score of 50-41.

The Lakers have been shooting much better from the floor than have the T-Wolves, nailing 44% of shots as opposed to Minnesota's 37%.

The first Lakers game featuring new acquisition Ramon Sessions is going well. Sessions has played 10 minutes, putting up six points, two assists and two rebounds. Kobe Bryant is once again leading Lakers scorers with 11 points, although the team has been spreading the buckets around. On the Minnesota side, Kevin Love is leading all scorers with 14 points, also managing nine rebounds and a steal. Nikola Pekovic has also added 13 points for the Wolves.

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Lakers Vs. Timberwolves: Game Time, TV Info And More

The Los Angeles Lakers look for their fifth straight victory on Friday night as they return home to host the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center. The Lakers are expected to have Ramon Sessions, Jordan Hill, and Christian Eneyga available for the game. Here are the details of Friday night's contest:

Records: Lakers (27-16); Timberwolves (22-22)

Location: Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles

Time: 7:30 p.m. PDT

TV: Fox Sports West, with Bill Macdonald and Stu Lantz on the call.

Offensive Efficiency: Minnesota, 105.1 points per 100 possessions (11th in NBA); Lakers, 104.1 (17th)

Defensive Efficiency: Lakers, 101.4 (10th); Minnesota, 104.2 (16th)

Home vs. Road: The Lakers are 18-2 at home, tied with the Miami Heat for the best home record in the NBA, and have won nine straight games at Staples Center. The Timberwolves are 10-10 on the road this season.

Going Streaking: The Lakers have beaten the Timberwolves 18 straight times, with their last loss coming March 6, 2007 in Minnesota. At Staples Center, the Lakers have beaten Minnesota 11 straight times.

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Ramon Sessions Trade: Lakers Activate Darius Morris From D-League

The Los Angeles Lakers return home Friday night to face the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the only question is whether or not new point guard Ramon Sessions, acquired Thursday from the Cleveland Cavaliers at the NBA trade deadline, will be available to play. Just in case, the Lakers made a roster move on Friday.

The Lakers recalled rookie point guard Darius Morris from the D-League for Friday's game against the Timberwolves, who the Lakers have beaten 18 straight times.

Sessions, Jordan Hill, and Christian Eyenga, all acquired on Thursday, were expected to take their physicals on Friday and possibly be available for Friday. Though with the addition of Morris the debut of Sessions in a Lakers uniform might not be until Sunday.

With their new team, Sessions will wear number seven, Hill will don number 27, and Eyenga will wear number 88.

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Lakers Vs. TImberwolves Game Preview: Ramon Sessions Expected To Play Friday Night

The Los Angeles Lakers return home Friday night and have several winning streaks in play as they take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Lakers have won four straight games, building a season-high 2.5-game lead in the Pacific Division. They have won nine straight games at Staples Center, where they are an NBA-best 18-2 as the home team this season.

To top it all off, the Lakers (27-16) have beaten the Timberwolves in each of the last 18 games they have played, including 11 straight in Los Angeles. The Lakers have not been a very good offensive team this season, and have scored 100 points just 11 times in 43 games. But three of those games have been against Minnesota.

Both point guard Ramon Sessions and center Jordan Hill, acquired in separate trade deadline deals on Thursday, are expected to be available for the Lakers on Friday night. The Lakers are now without Derek Fisher, whose 915 games played are the fifth most in franchise history.

"Despite Derek’s presence, we felt we needed more speed and quickness in the backcourt," Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said on Thursday. "There’s nobody we’d trust with an open shot (more) than Derek Fisher, but we felt from a defensive point of view and giving us some speed and quickness (the move fit)."

Minnesota (22-22) has lost three of four games and is on the third game of a seven-game road trip. They lost in overtime Thursday night 111-105 in Utah.

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Lakers Schedule 2012: Minnesota Timberwolves, Utah Jazz Come To L.A.

The Los Angeles Lakers are in a seemingly good place right now. They have won four straight games, and have opened up a 2.5-game lead on the Los Angeles Clippers in the Pacific Division. They upgraded at point guard with Ramon Sessions, added some front court depth in Jordan Hill, ditched two bad contracts in Luke Walton and Derek Fisher, and got younger, too. Now they return home for two winnable games this weekend.

Friday - Minnesota Timberwolves at Lakers (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports West): The Lakers have beaten the Timberwolves 18 straight times, including three times this season. The Lakers have won against Minnesota 11 straight times at Staples Center.

Sunday - Utah Jazz at Lakers (6:30 p.m., Fox Sports West): The Lakers have beaten Utah at home in 10 of their last 11 matchups and 18 of their last 21 during the regular season. Including the playoffs, the Lakers have won 18 of their last 19 and 26 of their last 29 home games against Utah.

For more news and notes on Lakers basketball, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.

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