Towns powers Timberwolves to 120-105 win over Lakers
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 25, 2019 02:12 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, left, and center Ivica Zubac defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
By Dan Greenspan, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 27 points and 12 rebounds to help the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Los Angeles Lakers 120-105 on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time).
Andrew Wiggins added 23 points and Jerryd Bayless scored 16 off the bench for the Timberwolves, who have won three straight.
Rajon Rondo had 15 points, 13 assists and six rebounds in his first game since injuring a finger on his right hand at Golden State on Christmas (Dec. 26, PHL time), but the Lakers lost their third in a row.
Brandon Ingram had 20 points and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 13.
The Timberwolves were ahead 84-82 after three quarters. The Lakers scored the first four points of the third, but Minnesota used an 11-1 run to regain the lead with Towns getting seven points, including a three-pointer to put the Timberwolves back in front.
Los Angeles committed seven turnovers in the third, leading to 11 points.
Rondo went right to work after missing 14 games because of a sprained finger that required surgery, getting eight points and four rebounds in the first quarter.
Timberwolves: Rookie G Jared Terrell scored 10 points after totaling nine in his first four career games. . F Jeff Teague missed his second straight game because of soreness in his left foot. . Minnesota went 3-1 in the season series. The Timberwolves are 15-8 over their past 23 games against the Lakers following a 22-game losing streak.
Lakers: Coach Luke Walton said he would not update a timetable for the return of LeBron James, who missed his 15th straight game because of a groin strain. "I'm not going to throw out weeks or day," Walton said after James returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). "He knows what he's doing, he's taking care of his body, and when he's ready to go, he'll go." . Los Angeles shot 50.6 percent from the field despite going 8-of-28 from three-point range.
Timberwolves: Visit the Utah Jazz on Friday (Saturday, PHL time).
Lakers: Host the Phoenix Suns on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).