MINNEAPOLIS – Kevin Garnett had 17 points and 15 rebounds and the Minnesota Timberwolves snapped Kobe Bryant’s 30-point game streak at four, beating the Los Angeles Lakers 88-74 on Wednesday night.

Bryant entered the game averaging nearly 37 points a game and having scored 37 in two straight. He finished with 28 points on 12-of-26 shooting, but was a non-factor in the fourth quarter thanks to a stingy zone defense employed by coach Dwane Casey.

Casey said before the game his plan was to let Bryant get his numbers but limit his supporting cast. The Timberwolves did both.

Lamar Odom added 15 points and six rebounds for the Lakers, but foul trouble limited his effectiveness in the fourth.

Bryant seemed to get frustrated with his lack of involvement in the fourth, hoisting a few wild shots that weren’t even close and losing the ball on a pair of reckless drives to the basket. He also missed two free throws down the stretch and was 0-for-5 from the field in the period.

Bryant’s struggles allowed the Timberwolves to overcome a 1-for-10 start to the quarter and seal the win with an 8-0 run that pushed the lead to 82-69 with under 3 minutes to play.

Eddie Griffin, who finished with 13 points and eight rebounds, capped the run with a jumper from the baseline and headlined an impressive performance by the Wolves’ reserves.

Minnesota’s subs outscored their Los Angeles counterparts 36-19 to overshadow a rough shooting day from their top two scorers.

Garnett and Wally Szczerbiak combined to shoot 12-for-28, but Trenton Hassell scored 14 points and harassed Bryant on defense, and Troy Hudson added 10 points and six assists off the bench to get the Timberwolves their second win in a row.

One night after shooting 52 percent in victory over Atlanta, the Lakers hit their first four shots to jump out to an 11-2 lead. They led by as many as 10 in the first half before Casey went with a smaller lineup that sparked the Wolves.

Hudson sparked a 14-3 run and Garnett’s tip dunk gave the Wolves a 37-36 lead, their first advantage since 2-0.

Bryant was 8-for-13 for 18 points in the first half, but was slow out of the gates in the third quarter.

He managed just two points in the first 10 minutes of the period before finishing with six straight.

Notes: Casey will leave Minneapolis on Thursday to be with his family for funeral services for his father. He will rejoin the team at Denver on Sunday. … Lakers coach Phil Jackson said before the game that he was a candidate for the Timberwolves’ coaching job when the NBA expanded here in 1988. Jackson never interviewed and instead took over in Chicago in 1989 and went on to win six titles with Bulls. “I was lucky I wasn’t chosen,” he said.

AP-ES-11-09-05 2240EST


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