LeBron, Lakers spoil Derrick Rose’s 31-point effort

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LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers hang on to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves for their third straight win

 

 

GRITTY WIN. Los Angeles superstar LeBron James drives to the basket past Minnesota's Jimmy Butler in the thriller won by the Lakers. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

MANILA, Philippines – Lebron James flirted with another triple-double and Kyle Kuzma came through the final stretch as the Los Angeles Lakers outlasted the Minnesota Timberwolves, 114-110, in NBA action at the Staples Center on Wednesday night, November 7 (Thursday, November 8, Manila time).

The Lakers spoiled the game-high 31-point effort of Derrick Rose, who knocked in back-to-back threes that put the Timberwolves within a point, 110-111, with just 66 seconds left.

James led the Lakers with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists to finish just a dish shy of his 75th triple-double while Kuzma drained 6 of his 21 points in the final minute to help the Lakers stay afloat. 

Tyson Chandler – the veteran big man who just reached a buyout agreement with Phoenix – had a solid debut for the Lakers, grabbing 9 rebound, including two huge offensive boards in the closing seconds.

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>LeBron James nails the tough fall-away!<a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/LakeShow?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#LakeShow</a> 111 <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/AllEyesNorth?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#AllEyesNorth</a> 107<br><br>WATCH on <a href=”https://twitter.com/ESPNNBA?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@ESPNNBA</a> <a href=”https://t.co/vox0hGNHFs”>pic.twitter.com/vox0hGNHFs</a></p>&mdash; NBA (@NBA) <a href=”https://twitter.com/NBA/status/1060407783781220352?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>November 8, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Josh Hart also knocked in 15 of his 21 points from three-point range and Brandon Ingram collected 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the Lakers, who picked up their third straight win for a 5-6 record.

Jimmy Butler added 24 for the Timberwolves, who dropped to 4-8 and remained winless on the road this season.

The Timberwolves set a franchise record 20 triples in the game with Rose hitting 7-of-9 from beyond the arc.  

A Rose triple, though, fell short with the Timberwolves trailing by just a point with 8 seconds left as Josh Hart’s free throws helped seal the win for the Lakers, who avenged their loss at Minnesota 9 days earlier. 

 

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>DERRICK ROSE makes it a one-point game with his 7th triple!<br><br>That&#39;s the 20th 3 for the <a href=”https://twitter.com/Timberwolves?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@Timberwolves</a>, which is a new franchise-record.<a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/AllEyesNorth?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#AllEyesNorth</a> 110<a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/LakeShow?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#LakeShow</a> 111<br><br>WATCH on <a href=”https://twitter.com/ESPNNBA?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@ESPNNBA</a> <a href=”https://t.co/2EpK5mnxDJ”>pic.twitter.com/2EpK5mnxDJ</a></p>&mdash; NBA (@NBA) <a href=”https://twitter.com/NBA/status/1060408373567463424?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>November 8, 2018</a></blockquote>
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