Bryant and the Lakers attempt to bounce back from their first loss of the season Tuesday when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center.
Los Angeles (3-1) leads the league in shooting at 51.1 percent, and is second in scoring at 110.8 points per game.
The Lakers opened their last game hitting 10 of their first 11 shots, but ended up losing to the Seattle SuperSonics 117-101 on Sunday. Lamar Odom scored just 11 points on 3-for-6 shooting after averaging 28.0 points his first three games.
Bryant finished with a team-high 15 points, but was just 4 of 10 from the field. The eight-time All-Star scored 23 points in his season debut Friday against the Sonics, but never found an offensive rhythm against them Sunday.
“I’m just kind of getting the flow down of the game a little bit,” said Bryant, who did have a team-high nine assists. “I haven’t played in a long, long time so I am just trying to get my rhythm back. My passes were a little bit sharper, so it was working into the offense. Going forward I am just trying to get in the flow of the offense and stepping up my game from there.”
Bryant averaged 37.0 points in 40 home games last season, and Los Angeles has been outstanding in its two games this season at Staples Center. The Lakers are averaging 116.0 points and shooting 55.4 percent at home, and have not started 3-0 at Staples Center since winning their first 12 games in the 2003-04 season.
Los Angeles is 15-4 all-time at Staples Center against Minnesota (2-2), but the Timberwolves have won four of the last five games overall between the teams.
The Lakers lost three of four to them last season, dropping the season series to the Wolves for just the second time in franchise history. Bryant averaged 27.0 points while shooting 50.6 percent in four games against the Timberwolves last season, and Odom averaged 18.8 points and 7.3 rebounds.
Minnesota has the sixth-best defensive field goal percentage this season (43.2 percent), but has dropped consecutive games heading into the finale of its four-game road trip. The Timberwolves shot just 41.3 percent, including 22.2 percent (4 of 18) from 3-point range, in their 93-81 loss Monday to Sacramento.
“It’s what I describe as a stinker,” Timberwolves coach Dwane Casey said. “We didn’t attack their intensity, and I think we just sleepwalked. Sacramento brought their ‘A’ game. I thought we brought our ‘B’ game.”
Mike James scored 23 points, while Kevin Garnett added 15 and 10 rebounds. Garnett briefly left the game with 8 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter after landing awkwardly, but returned moments later and is expected to play in this game.
Garnett has recorded a double-double in all four games, averaging 21.5 points and 11.8 rebounds. He averaged 23.0 points and 11.3 rebounds in four games against the Lakers last season.