The Los Angeles Lakers opened up the 2015-16 season with a disappointing loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Kobe Bryant paced the Lakers offensively early, but LA couldn't consistently score in the final quarter. The Wolves made a run in the fourth quarter to erase what was a 16-point Lakers lead, dropping LA 112-111 in the season opener.
Bryant dropped 24 points in the first game of his 20th season in the league. The aging superstar shot 8-of-24 from the floor and added four rebounds and two steals. Lou Williams contributed 21 points off the bench and hit a late three-pointer, but missed what would have been a game-winning layup in the final seconds.
Roy Hibbert had the best all-around game with 12 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two blocks. Hibbert provided good support defensively and opened up space on the offensive end for his frontcourt mate Julius Randle. The second-year power forward had 15 points and eight rebounds and showcased his ball-handling skills on several occasions. D'Angelo Russell did not get many opportunities on the offensive end with Bryant having a strong night. The rookie only took seven shots and finished with four points.
Ricky Rubio was on fire for the Timberwolves, scoring a career-high 28 points and 14 assists. He did not commit a single turnover. Andrew Wiggins, last year's Rookie of the Year, was largely held in check. He finished with nine points. No. 1 overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns had a stellar debut with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Kevin Martin provided 23 points off the bench to spark Minnesota's run.
The Lakers have a day to recover from a tough loss before heading on the road to face division rival Sacramento on Friday.