Despite Anthony Edwards and Turrian Prince losing due to league health and safety protocols on game morning, Karl-Anthony Towns’ Timberwolves dominated the Lakers in an easy 110-92 victory Friday night.
Minnesota also beat the Lakers 107-83 in Los Angeles on November 12, even though the Lakers were playing without LeBron James in that game. Los Angeles entered this game on a three-game winning streak and is looking to win four in a row for the first time this season.
But she couldn’t compete with the energy and play of the young Timberwolves. To make matters worse, Anthony Davis left the match midway through the third quarter with a bruised left knee. There was no word yet on the severity of the injury.
In the nationally televised game, a rare event for the Timberwolves, Towns went into action early and finished with 28 points (11 of 20 from the floor), 10 rebounds, four assists and three blocks in just 32 minutes.
He shot 9 of 14 in the first half and finished the game with a big plus-23 lead.
It doesn’t matter who defended Townes; He showed great footwork, smooth shooting touch and power moves around the basket.
“I think he is the best single player with his back to the basket in the league,” the Wolverhampton coach Chris Finch said after the match.
This James block explained how he controlled both ends of the Earth.
Minnesota has now won three in a row to move to 14-15, a half-game difference over the Mavericks for the eighth seed in the Western Conference.
The Lakers team has also been hit hard by COVID-19, with six players on health and safety protocols. Those absences, combined with some early injuries, didn’t allow the Lakers to tie games together with a full health slate, making it difficult for them to build momentum.
Super duo James and Russell Westbrook managed only 37 points and failed to return in the second half. The result of the MRI scan on Davis’ knee will be key to the team’s future.