The Los Angeles Lakers couldn’t complete the three-game sweep of their road trip, losing an ugly one to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a frustrating 125-99 loss. Andrew Wiggins scored a career-high 47 points, looking every-bit one of the best young players in the league.
It didn’t hurt his night that he lived on the charity stripe, making 17 of his 22 free-throws. The Lakers attempted 30 free-throws as a team Minnesota may as well have been playing “Blow the Whistle” all game with how the referees called this one. The Lakers were hit with 31 fouls to the Timberwolves 19, with some backbreaking whistles going against Los Angeles every time it seemed they were ready to make a push.
D’Angelo Russell had one of his worst games of the season, making defensive mistakes early and even riding the bench through a large stretch in the second half while Luke Walton looked for answers elsewhere. He ended the night with seven points and four assists.
The Lakers’ starting lineup struggled in the first quarter and it was once again the bench that kept the deficit respectable. Lou Williams scored a team-high 17 points, netting 13 of them in the fourth quarter. Brandon Ingram chipped in 10, with Jordan Clarkson adding in another 14.
Karl-Anthony Towns finished with a double-double, scoring 22 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. He also hit a few momentum-stopping three-pointers to halt Lakers’ pushes in their tracks.
The purple and gold return to Los Angeles, set to host the Brooklyn Nets. Until then, try to get the ringing out of your ears from both Tom Thibodeau and the zebras screeching all game.