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Timberwolves crush Lakers, end six-game skid

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Timberwolves crush Lakers, end six-game skid

GANG UP. Lakers guard Russell Westbrook moves to the basket against Timberwolves (from left) Karl-Anthony Towns, Jarred Vanderbilt, and Jaden McDaniels.

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Karl-Anthony Towns powers the Timberwolves as the Lakers score a season low, losing for the third time in five games since LeBron James got hurt

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 18 of his 29 points in the third quarter and the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves ended a six-game losing streak by cruising to a 107-83 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, November 12 (Saturday, November 13, Manila time).

D’Angelo Russell scored 22 points for the Timberwolves, who opened the second half on a 29-4 run and held the Lakers without a field goal for a 7:33 stretch of the third quarter. Naz Reid scored 12 points for Minnesota, while Patrick Beverley had 11.

Anthony Davis amassed 22 points and 8 rebounds as the Lakers scored a season low in points and lost for the third time in five games since LeBron James got hurt. 

James, sidelined due to an abdominal strain, has returned to on-court activity and has been ruled day-to-day after last playing on November 2.

Russell Westbrook scored 20 points for the Lakers, who also were without Austin Reaves (hamstring), while Rajon Rondo returned after missing Wednesday’s victory over the Miami Heat with a hamstring ailment. 

Rondo had 7 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists.

Anthony Edwards had 9 points for Minnesota, one game after he scored a career-best 48 on Wednesday at Golden State. Edwards didn’t make his first field goal until 4:05 remained in the first half, and the Lakers took a 49-44 lead into the break.

It all changed after halftime as the Wolves’ defense held the Lakers without a field goal from 11:17 remaining in the third quarter when Davis made a jumper until the 3:44 mark when Avery Bradley sank a three-pointer.

Towns took over in the period, going 6-of-7 from the field and 4-of-5 from three-point range. The Wolves shot 38.8% from the field in the first half before shooting 62.5% (15-of-24) in the third quarter. The Lakers shot 19% (4-of-21) in the third.

The Wolves ended a six-game losing streak in Los Angeles against both the Lakers and Clippers, and they defeated the Lakers on the road for the first time since a 120-105 victory on January 24, 2019.

Minnesota won for the first time since October 27 against the reigning champion Milwaukee Bucks. – Rappler.com