On the night of Friday to Saturday, the Lakers, already beaten four times for as many matches this season, went to the Minnesota floor to try to finally pass the first. But against the Timberwolves, the LeBron James band has still not managed to take off.
However, Darvin Ham had made the strong choice to place his leader Russell Westbrook on the bench, very far from his standards since the start of the season. It must be said that we had to try something, especially that Anthony Davis was forfeited for back pain.
A regrettable absence since, opposite, Minnesota presented its Big Three with Gobert, Towns and Edwards. The French, freshly landed from Utah, has once again proven that his integration was successful by achieving a very solid double double with 22 points for 21 rebounds (and two blocks).
By adding the performances of Karl-Anthony Towns (21 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists) and Anthony Edwards (29 points), Minnesota closed the deal 111-102 thanks to a small gap taken at the start of the fourth quarter and a 3 Towns pts.
LeBron James, historic in 20
A success that allows Minnesota to take a good turn (4 wins and two losses), while this fifth loss in a row for the Lakers is the worst start to the season for the franchise since the 2015-2016 fiscal year.
LeBron James made even more history by becoming the NBA player to have accumulated the most games with 20 points or more (1,135, one more than Karl Malone)
Because, despite a solid LeBron James (28 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals) and the contribution of Westbrook off the bench (18 points, 8 rebounds), the Lakers, who lost too many balls (22 against only 10 for Minnesota), therefore remain one of only two teams in the League (with Sacramento) without success this season. At the same time, Orlando has indeed obtained its first victory by winning against the Charlotte Hornets (113-93), where the French Theo Maledon played 21 minutes for 8 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.