LeBron James led the Los Angeles Lakers with 24 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists while newcomer Tyson Chandler helped with clutch plays in Wednesday night’s 114-110 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
James hit a few tough turnaround jumpers while Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram both made some big 3-pointers, but those contributions may all have been moot were it not for crucial offensive rebounds by Chandler. On the Lakers’ last real possession, Chandler helped create three offensive rebounds that ran the clock down from 1:06 to 9 seconds left in the game.
Chandler finished with two points and nine rebounds in 23 minutes also played solid when defending perimeter players on switches. Starter JaVale McGee had 16 points in 25 minutes.
The Lakers also got a big contribution from Josh Hart off the Lakers bench with 20 points.
The Wolves did have a chance to tie or take the lead after but Derrick Rose, who had a game-high 31 points, missed a 3-pointer.
While Lonzo Ball got the start for the Lakers, Rajon Rondo played 27 minutes to his 21 on the night. Rondo had two points, 10 assists and six rebounds. He also guarded Rose down the stretch. Luke Walton chose to go with Rondo, Ingram, LeBron, Kuzma and Chandler in the final minutes of the game.
The Lakers beat the Wolves in the rebounding battle 47-40. It was only the second time in 11 games this season that the Lakers won the rebounding battle.
The Lakers are off until Saturday when they visit a scrappy Sacramento Kings team that is off to a 6-5 start after falling at home to the East-leading Toronto Raptors.