LeBron James had 30 factors, 13 rebounds and 7 assists and Dennis Schröder scored 24 factors, serving to the Los Angeles Lakers draw back from the Minnesota Timberwolves for a 112-104 victory on Tuesday night time.
Montrezl Harrell pitched in 17 factors for the Lakers, who stopped a seven-game shedding streak at Minnesota with its first win at Target Center since March 25, 2015.
Minnesota rookie Anthony Edwards had a career-high 28 factors plus seven rebounds and 5 assists. Karl-Anthony Towns scored a quiet 15 factors for the Timberwolves, who had been outscored 17-5 to start out the fourth quarter after a spirited effort over the primary three intervals.
Edwards, the primary general choose within the draft, hit his fourth and fifth 3-pointers of the sport to chop the result in 105-100 with 3:28 to go. Edwards was known as for a charging foul on James, knocking the four-time league MVP over and negating a runner within the lane with 2:57 left, and the Timberwolves by no means bought any nearer.
The Lakers performed the primary of what’s going to be a number of video games in a row without seven-time All-Star Anthony Davis, who was shelved with an damage to his Achilles tendon. He aggravated it in a loss at Denver on Sunday that ended the Lakers’ seven-game successful streak.
Though Davis has had his scoring load lessened a bit by the arrival of Schröder and Harrell, this stretch will likely be a check of the mettle of the reigning NBA champions as they proceed to principally get their opponents’ greatest. The Lakers had been removed from sharp — James had 4 of his 5 turnovers within the first quarter — however lots environment friendly on offense to emerge victorious.
Ricky Rubio and Jordan McLaughlin every scored 13 factors for the Timberwolves, sharing time at level guard within the continued absence of D’Angelo Russell. Towns did not even get a shot within the fourth quarter, with Edwards taking up.
The Lakers received the primary meeting in Los Angeles by 36 factors on Dec. 27, when Towns was out with a dislocated wrist. The absence of Davis from this one meant yet one more missed matchup of two of the NBA’s greatest massive males — and first general draft picks out of Kentucky, three years aside. The Lakers’ go to to Minnesota final season was worn out by the pandemic.
Lakers: Davis is unlikely to return earlier than the All-Star break, coach Frank Vogel mentioned. The cautious method means Davis, whose official prognosis is a proper calf pressure, would miss no less than eight extra video games. This was his sixth absence in 29 video games this season.
Timberwolves: Jarrett Culver, who missed his twelfth consecutive sport with a sprained left ankle, has been upgraded to on-court exercise. The staff mentioned he may return to motion late subsequent week.
Lakers: Return to Los Angeles to face Brooklyn on Thursday. They will play six of subsequent eight video games going into the All-Star break at residence.
Timberwolves: Host Indiana on Wednesday, ending their sixth set of back-to-back video games this season. They’re 2-3 within the second half of these pairs.