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It was a slightly different Lakers team that took the floor at Staples Center tonight… but that was really the only thing that was different on a night where the Lakers beat the Timberwolves, 97-92. For the turf-defending Lakers, it was their fourth win in as many tries vs. Minnesota, giving them an NBA best 19-2 record at Staples Center.

The real story in L.A. tonight wasn’t Kobe’s 28, Pau’s 17 & 11 or even Drew’s baseball pass that may or may not have killed a driver on the 405, it was the buzz surrounding newly acquired point guard Ramon Sessions. In limited action, Sessions came off the bench behind Steve Blake (and according to Mike Brown, will continue to) and his impact was certainly noticeable.

He notched 7 points and 5 assists in 20 minutes of action, but most importantly, he showed flashes of something the Lakers haven’t seen in a very long time: Quickness and penetration at the point guard position.

Next up: The Lakers will host the Jazz on Sunday (7:30p PT) before they head to Houston where Derek Fisher and the Houston Rockets will be waiting.

Since our own Anna Gonda is out tonight, be sure to check out a few of our favorite recaps of tonight’s game from around the Blogosphere: