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Lakers falter in the fourth quarter and fall to Timberwolves, 112-111

Lakers falter in the fourth quarter and fall to Timberwolves, 112-111

Kobe Bryant set an NBA record Tuesday night, playing in his 20th consecutive season with the Lakers, but the team fell to the Minnesota Timberwolves, 112-111, on opening night at Staples Center.

Bryant passed John Stockton's 19 seasons with the Utah Jazz. San Antonio's Tim Duncan also joined Stockton at 19 on Tuesday with the Spurs.

In his first game since a shoulder injury shut him down in January of last season, Bryant led the Lakers with 24 points in 29 minutes.

The Lakers had a 16-point lead gradually dwindle to seven points after three quarters, then to a nine-point deficit with just over two minutes left. A late flurry made it...

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