Jimmy Butler and the Minnesota Timberwolves were too much for the Los Angeles Lakers to handle as the Lakers fell to the Timberwolves.
By the saving grace of Jimmy Butler late in the fourth quarter, the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 124-120 on Monday night in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Butler scored 15 points in the fourth quarter and 20 points overall in the second half as the Timberwolves pulled out a win in a tight contest with the Lakers. Butler went on a three-point tangent in the fourth to further extend the Timberwolves’ lead throughout.
Butler eased into a three-pointer with 19.7 seconds left in the game to give the Timberwolves a 117-122 lead. Butler finished the contest with 32 points on 6-7 three-pointers, six rebounds, four assists, a steal, and two blocks.
Karl-Anthony Towns put the game away for the Timberwolves as he sank his free throws with 8.8 seconds left in the contest. Towns followed Butler in scoring for Minnesota with 25 points, 16 rebounds, six assists, a steal, and four blocks.
Towns was able to take advantage of the boards with the Lakers not having a true center on the floor at times on the floor. That mismatch for Towns allowed him to be productive in this contest.
Timberwolves’ rookie Josh Okogie had a stellar performance as he started for an injured Andrew Wiggins. Okogie was active on the defensive end and productive offensively. He had 17 points on 6-13 field goals, four rebounds, three assists, three steals, and a block. Minnesota was able to outrebound Los Angeles 51-48 on the boards.
The Timberwolves had 26 assists in contrast to the Lakers’ 24 assists in the game. It was an unbalanced game for the Lakers despite them, keeping the score close throughout the game until the Timberwolves pulled away late in the fourth quarter.
Brandon Ingram returned to the Lakers from serving his four-game suspension and had a good performance. Ingram’s three-point shot late in the fourth, with four seconds left, cut the Lakers’ deficit to four. Ingram finished the game with 24 points, five rebounds, two assists, and three blocks.
The Lakers went on various runs in the fourth to close the gap to get over the hump to take the game. Early in the fourth, Los Angeles went on a 6-0 run, which was highlighted by a Rajon Rondo finger roll to get the Lakers within two, 105-103.
Los Angeles went on another 6-0 run in the middle of the fourth. Following a three-point shot by Towns, LeBron James responded with a three of his own to bring the Lakers’ deficit to 112-119 with 4:38 left.
Towards the end of the fourth, the Lakers went on another run as they had eight unanswered points to bring the deficit within two. James went to the rack to get the score to 117-119 at the latter end of the run.
Los Angeles was not able to contain Minnesota as the Timberwolves outscored the Lakers 31-26 in the fourth quarter. The Lakers kept getting themselves in different rhythms in the game when they were getting their shots off in transition but could not sustain them.
Los Angeles also allowed Minnesota to get the free throw line 30 times as the Timberwolves shot 86.7 percent from the charity stripe.
James finished the game with 29 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, two steals, and two blocks. Kyle Kuzma had 19 points, six rebounds, and three assists. JaVale McGee scored 13 points to go with five rebounds, two steals, and three blocks in the contest.
The Lakers drop to 2-5 while the Timberwolves move to 3-4 on the season. Los Angeles will play the Dallas Mavericks in a Halloween matchup on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. PT.