The Los Angeles Lakers let a win slip away against the Minnesota Timberwolves in a 120-119 loss. The Lakers led by three points going into the fourth quarter, but sloppy play on both ends of the floor, a pair of missed free-throws from Kobe Bryant, a terrible foul on defense from Nick Young, and a missed potential game-winner dropped the Lakers to 3-13 on the season.
Zach LaVine, former UCLA star, had a career-night against the Lakers in his return to Los Angeles. He ended the night with a game-high 28 points, attacking the Lakers in transition and draining 11 of his 14 shot attempts.
Losing to the this particularly Timberwolves team -- one without Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin, Nikola Perkovic and even backup big Ronny Turiaf -- is a pretty bad loss. Considering the Lakers led by as many as 11 points, it looks even worse. The fourth quarter meltdown was brutal, and Lakers fans were handed a pair of losses to sandwich the Thanksgiving holiday.
Kobe ended the night with a team-high 26 points while logging 34 minutes. Jeremy Lin finished with a double-double, scoring 18 points and dishing 11 dimes. His alley oop pass to Wesley Johnson was arguably the highlight of the night:
The Lakers of off until Sunday when the Toronto Raptors visit Los Angeles.