The 114-110 win brought their early season record to an nearly respectable 5-6 to stand 10th in the Western Conference, but it was not guaranteed until the final seconds of the game.
LeBron James scored 24 points, and Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart had 21 apiece as the Los Angeles Lakers held on in a back-and-forth affair Wednesday to earn a 114-110 victory over the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves.
Jimmy Butler added 24 for the Timberwolves, who dropped to 4-8 and remained winless on the road this season. It was just the second miss in nine 3-point attempts for Rose, who had a 50-point game October 31 against the Utah Jazz.
Former Suns center Tyson Chandler has become the latest veteran to sign up with the Lakers. The Lakers haven't had many resources to back up JaVale McGee at center, and Chandler will provide just that piece. The coach has been in trouble with Magic Johnson lately, according to multiple sources, one of the major problems being the defense-or lack thereof. He also revealed the joy of playing with James and believes he is one of the best closers the game has ever seen while referring to his time with Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki. Chandler averaged just 0.1 block per game when he was on the Suns, compared to 1.2 blocks in his career. "Very, very frustrating to know we were that close, and all we have to do is rebound the basketball", Butler said. "And get a dub".
Asked what it is like to play alongside James, he said: "I can't describe it, it's awesome".
"I've been on the other side and played the villain, now it's great to be on this side".
If his performance in Wednesday's game was any indication, Chandler could serve to be an impactful asset off the bench that could help the Lakers turn it around from their early-season struggles.
His availability for Saturday's game against the Sacramento Kings is now unclear.