After a lethargic loss in their last game, the Minnesota Timberwolves came to life.
LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers served as their spark plugs.
Jimmy Butler hit five of Minnesota's eight 3-pointers in the fourth quarter with 32 points in the 12:20 shooting and the Timberwolves help beat the Lakers 124-120 on Monday.
"They played fast, which gave us a lot of energy, I guess their energy helped us," said Butler.
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 25 points, a season high of 16 rebounds and four blocks for the Timberwolves (3-4), who just played a clutch lock on defensive time to fend off a late thrust from James. The four-time MVP had 1
"We have" We have to get better. We know that. We talk about patience, but we can not keep doing the same things over and over again and expect a different result, "said James, who added 10 rebounds and seven assists to mark the 15th anniversary of his professional debut Insanity. "
Brandon Ingram came off his four-game suspension with 24 points for the Lakers, with Kyle Kuzma, who scored 11 points in the first five minutes, only eight more over the rest of the night Lakers let the Wolves get 20 offensive rebounds and 18 turnovers.
Anthony Tolliver was perfect on four shots off the ground for the Timberwolves, including a 3-pointer to lead the fourth quarter for a 96-94 start butler's back to back shot out of the bow and brought the lead to 114: 10. He added another, his fifth in so many tries in the last period, to make it 122-117, following a corner-kick 16.3 seconds behind James, who still had an expensive turnover at 1:43, when he lost the ball on top of the key and drifted into the backcourt.
"We have to" It's better with the little things. One of these things is to follow the details and follow the game plans. Tonight's Schedule: Keep them out of the free throw line and defensively back, "said Lakers coach Luke Walton," They've both hurt us. "
Rookie Josh Okogie, replacing the injured Andrew Wiggins The Guard for the Wolves began with a career high of 17. The defensive Okogie was one of the catalysts for a team that lost 30 points to Milwaukee on Friday night.
"The shots will drop. The shots will not fall. But we have to have that. "Energy every single night, and that's what gets us through these humps," said Okogie, who added four rebounds, three assists and three steals in 30 minutes.
Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau did not commit Okogie as part of the rotation when Wiggins is back.
"He lets things happen," said Thibodeau. "He's not perfect, but he's learning, he's eager, and every day he comes in with a great attitude, and I like that he exploits when he plays."
INGRAM IS IN
The Lakers re-launched to maximize their length, the 6-foot-9 Ingram slip back to the rifle and flank James with sniper Kuzma at Power Forward. They went into the night with a league-leading 22 percent of their points coming on quick breaks, but the Wolves outperformed them in the transition 21-15. Ingram was 9 for 18 off the ground.
"I did not feel tired out there," Ingram said. "That was surprising."
Lakers: Backup striker Michael Beasley was away from the team to attend to a personal matter. He appeared in three games and logged a total of 10 minutes. He is with his seventh different team in his 11th NBA season. … The biggest lead for the Lakers, 90-85, came on Lance Stephenson's 3-pointer with 3:28 in the third.
Timberwolves: Wiggins took part in the morning's firefight, but was locked out for the third straight game with the strained right quadriceps, who stopped his consecutive regular-season games streaking at 243. … Rose had 11 points, seven rebounds and seven assists but missed 12 of 16 shots from the field. … Taj Gibson had three of the team's 12 blocks and tied one season up.
Lakers: Host the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.
Timberwolves: Host the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.