Lakers lead by Kyle Kuzma 20 points rallied to finish with 36 points deficit. Lebron James suffered an injury that is still questionable until next game but still managed to score 18 point and 9 rebounds. Dennis Schroder made 11 points, Talen Horton Tucker 12 points, Montrezl Harrel 12 points and Marc Gasol 12 points.
While Timberwolves struggled with D’Angelo Russell 4 points only, Naz reid 11 points, Anthony Edwards 15 points and Ricky Rubio 9 points.
“There were a few instances last year where the opponent had a key guy out and we didn’t play to our abilities. Other guys on the other teams were able to step up, and I expect that from the Timberwolves tonight.”
The Lakers did have a brief lapse in the second quarter, during which the Timberwolves cut their deficit to 15 points. However, L.A. responded and went into halftime with a 67-45 lead. There was a bit of a scare prior in the final seconds as LeBron James rolled his left ankle ad remained down on the floor for a bit.
James remained in the game and helped the Lakers keep their sizable lead in the second half. With the Lakers completing a back-to-back on Monday night, it would not be surprising if Davis returned and James sat with the balky left ankle.
While Marc Gasol did so in the first quarter, the third saw Wesley Matthews make his first basket as a member of the Lakers. Gasol nearly had a triple-double as he finished with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists.
He may have reached it if not for the fourth quarter essentially being handled by the Lakers bench.