New-look Timberwolves rip Lakers in preseason opener
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 01, 2017 01:47 PM
Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, left, poses against Minnesota Timberwolves guard Aaron Brooks during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017. The Timberwolves won 108-99. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Minnesota’s trio of new additions to their starting lineup, Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler, and Jeff Teague, combined for 39 points, as the Timberwolves clawed the LA Lakers, 108-99, in both teams’ preseason opener, Saturday (Sunday, PHL time)at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
Late re-signee Shabazz Muhammad had a game-best 22 for Minnesota, while former number one overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns posted 15 points and six boards in 21 minutes of action.
The Lakers got a boost from 2017 second overall selection Lonzo Ball, who started at point guard and played 36 minutes. Though he struggled with his shot, making only 2-of-9 from the field, 1-of-5 from long-range, he posted a line of five points, seven boards, eight assists, and two steals. LA’s other first-rounder, Kyle Kuzma, had a team-best 19 via a 9-of-12 clip.
Many expect both teams to look better this season, and based on this one, that could certainly be the case.
Jimmy Butler, who played for Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau, along with Gibson, back in Chicago, had 10 points in 12 minutes before sitting out the rest of the game. Minnesota’s new point guard, Jeff Teague, had 11 markers plus nine dimes.
Brandon Ingram scored 10 points on 15 shots for the Lakers, while Fil-Am Jordan Clarkson contributed 14 off the bench.
The two teams were tied at the end of the first period, but Minnesota outscored LA 55-43 in the middle two periods, to seize the lead.