Dwight Howard out as Wolves look to bust 0-19 streak vs. Lakers

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It was March 6, 2007.

George W. Bush was in the White House, Apple's iPhone was new to the world and Britney Spears had just shaved her head for the first time.

It was also the last time the Timberwolves defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 117-107 in double overtime.

Since then, Minnesota has failed to beat the Lakers in 19-straight contests between the two teams. That's the longest active streak for one team over another.

Could that change tonight at Target Center?

The odds are slightly better that it might, now that L.A. has announced that All-Star Dwight Howard will miss the game with a shoulder injury. Taking his place: Former All-Star Pau Gasol, who is uhappy with his current backup role.

For the Wolves' Andrei Kirilenko, starting strong will be the key: "They capable of having a great game, and that’s why you have to be very concentrated right from the beginning."

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