By ALEX VEJAR
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Jimmy Butler needed about two quarters to look like his old self.
As soon as he did that, the Minnesota Timberwolves looked good again.
Butler scored 18 After returning from right knee surgery, Jeff Teague had 25 points and eight assists and the Timberwolves defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 113-96 on Friday night.
"It feels like Jimmy is part of helping everyone where he is," said Wolfs striker Taj Gibson. "I felt defensive, it helps us a lot, but it's good to go back to the old ways."
Butler played for 22 ½ minutes and was 7 in 10 from the field in his first game since he was against Houston on 23 February was injured. He had to undergo cartilage injury and missed 1
He made a difficult turnaround jumper to start the second half. He finished an acrobatic layup after receiving a Teague blessing. He even reached into his pocket with defensive tricks with a steal that led to a renegade dunk.
"He looked good," said Andrew Wiggins. "He came to his spots, he hit when he wanted to score, he was playing his game out there."
Minnesota moved into eighth-place exclusive in the Western Conference.
Gibson also scored 18 points and took 10 rebounds, while Karl-Anthony Towns had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who were back-to-back on the second night. They lost to the Denver Nuggets on Thursday.
Julius Randle scored 20 points and added 10 rebounds to the Lakers, who lost nine of 13. Josh Hart scored 20 points and 11 rebounds from the bench, and Brook Lopez had 18 points and six rebounds.
Minnesota started the third quarter with a 16-6 run and took a 67-64 lead on a basket butler. Teague, Wiggins and Towns all made 3 points to give the Timberwolves an eight-point lead, leaving 3:25 in that time.
The cities completed an 11-2 run with a laid-back layup to give Minnesota a 78-. 68 advantage with 2:12 in the third stay. Josh Hart made a 3-pointer to the third-quarter buzzer and the Lakers drew 80-73.
Los Angeles went on a 9-0 run, after 36-32 in the second quarter. A 11-0 run four minutes later brought the Lakers ahead by 52:40 and 3:08 in the first half.
Gibson's basket reduced Minnesota's backlog to 56:50. The Timberwolves drew at halftime 58-51. Although the Lakers shot only 29 percent out of the field, they outperformed the Timberwolves 32-21 in the second quarter.
Lopez scored the first 15 points for the Lakers, overtaking Minnesota in the first six minutes of the match alone. The rest of the team, however, scored only 11 points for the rest of the quarter.
Timberwolves: Outscored the Lakers 62-44 in color. , All five starters achieved double-digit numbers.
Lakers: Channing Frye was rated as a blatant 1-foul in the first minutes of the second quarter. , Kuzma left the game in the third quarter with a slight left ankle sprain and did not return. , Luke Walton was classified as a technical foul in the fourth quarter.
The Lakers committed 21 turnovers that made the Timberwolves 30 points. Minnesota, however, had only five sales.
"Today they got 100 shots, we have 79 because of sales and offensive rebounds," said Lakers coach Luke Walton. "We talked about it after the game, we have to keep working on it, we want to consistently be a good team, we need to lower our sales."
Hart said Los Angeles and some listless passports contributed to the high sales figures.
"We're young, but we all have to be clear about ownership issues," said Hart.
VALLEY OF TWO HALVES
The Timber Wolves broke the game to begin the second half, and never looked back. They outperformed the Lakers 62-38 and built a 21-point lead.
"The first half, we just let them go free," Wiggins said. "Second half, I feel like we got more into it, we were the aggressor and we came out on the boards as well."
A LOTTA LOPEZ
Lopez scored the first 15 points for the Lakers. He outperformed the Timber Wolves themselves, 15-14, through the first six minutes of the game.
"That's how I have to be most nights," said Lopez. "I just have to be better for more games."
Walton said he liked the way Lopez started the game.
"I knew they would come out and try to beat us out of the loss last night," Walton said. "I thought Brook did a really nice job of punching them on the offensive side Beat went down. "
Timberwolves: Host the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday.
Lakers: Host the Utah Jazz on Sunday.