National Basketball Association
Minnesota 107, L.A. Lakers 83
When: 10:30 PM ET, Friday, November 12, 2021
Where: Crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles, California
#74 Curtis Blair, #63 Derek Richardson, #44 Brett Nansel
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.
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 eight 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 Nov. 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 seven points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
Anthony Edwards had nine 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 3-pointer.
Towns took over in the period, going 6 of 7 from the field and 4 of 5 from 3-point range. The Wolves shot 38.8 percent from the field in the first half before shooting 62.5 percent (15 of 24) in the third quarter. The Lakers shot 19 percent (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 Jan. 24, 2019.
Minnesota won for the first time since Oct. 27 against the reigning champion Milwaukee Bucks.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
Karl-Anthony Towns 29
Anthony Davis 22
D'Angelo Russell 7
Rajon Rondo 8
Patrick Beverley 7
Dwight Howard 10
Karl-Anthony Towns 3
||Free Throws Made
Anthony Davis 8
Jarred Vanderbilt 3
Anthony Davis 3
Jaylen Nowell 2
Anthony Davis 3
Team Stats Summary
L.A. Lakers will play their next game at home against San Antonio. The Lakers have a W/L % of .571 after a win and .500 after a loss.
Minnesota will play their next game on the road against L.A. Clippers. The Timberwolves have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .375 after a loss.