The Los Angeles Lakers were humiliated by the Minnesota Timberwolves, who defeated them 107-83. Los Angeles was down 11-4 after one quarter, but after settling in and lowering the pace with a smaller starting five, the Lakers were up 26-19. The second quarter was a back-and-forth struggle for both sides, but L.A. led by five points at halftime. Coming out of halftime, Minnesota went nuclear from all over the court, with Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell hitting every three; Towns even made one on an inbound pass with 0.3 seconds remaining on the shot clock.
In the third quarter, Minnesota outscored Los Angeles 40-12. To top it off, the Lakers couldn’t buy a shot, turned the ball over, and played sloppy defence. In the third quarter, Towns scored 18 points, outscoring the entire Lakers team by 6 points.
It was a birthday to remember for the birthday boy. His box score figures of 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting and 2-of-4 3-point shooting appear good on paper, but he had little impact. Russell had a better night than him, as his drives to the rim were often meaningless. Turnovers seem to remain an issue for Westbrook till now as turned the ball over another 5 times on just 3 assists, all while leading the league in turnover and averaging a career-high 5.3 TOs
In this game, Towns outplayed Davis. Davis finished with 22 points, eight rebounds, three blocks, three thefts, and two assists, but he and the Lakers forced too many jump shots in the third quarter instead of attacking the rim. Davis’ had a monstrous first half with 16 points on 65% shooting but could not carry it over in the 2nd half as he was only able to score just 6 points and was not enough aggressive enough as he only took 5 shots. Carmelo, their scoring punch from the bench had an inefficient with just 3 points on 1 of 12 shooting.
Feels good to be back.
KAT – 29 pts. / 7 reb. / 2 ast. / 2 stl.
DLo – 22 pts. / 7 ast. / 5 reb.
Naz Reid. – 12 pts. / 5 reb pic.twitter.com/i3OEKMa4uG
— Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) November 13, 2021