Andrew Wiggins went off in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 125-99 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. The former first overall pick dropped a career-high 47 points while getting to the basket at will and hitting two of his five three-point attempts.
Wiggins also had the aid of all of the whistles he drew on his forays to the cup. The young wing drew 22 free-throws against the Lakers and sunk 17 of them. Los Angeles shot 30 free-throws as a team. If the team didn’t outright say they hated that disparity after the game, they also didn’t offer up the impression they were thrilled with it, either.
“Anybody in this league is capable of doing that when you go to the free-throw line that many times,” D’Angelo Russell told Mark Medina of the O.C. Register after the Lakers’ loss. “It makes the game easy for you, especially when you can score the ball and see the ball go in a few times. The rim seems like an ocean out there. He had a great game.”
Wiggins wasn’t the only one getting to the line. The Wolves shot 42 free-throws on the night, and Lakers fan/Youtube superstar CaCHooKaManTV (in possibly the funniest response to a foul disparity of all-time) cut together a video of every foul Wiggins drew against the Lakers. Some of them are... dubious:
The Lakers most likely managed to steer clear of the league’s wrath/any fines for criticizing officiating following the game, but it would have been hard to blame them for being upset about at least a few of those calls.
The Lakers lost more because of their issues with turnovers and missing open shots. However, their comeback efforts might have been just a little bit easier were they able to keep the Wolves off of the charity strip just a bit more.
All stats per NBA.com. Harrison Faigen is co-host of the Locked on Lakers podcast (subscribe here), and you can follow him on Twitter at @hmfaigen. What did you think of the officiating? Let us know in the comments below.