LOS ANGELES-LeBron James scored 24 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers held on to beat the struggling Minnesota Timberwolves 114-110 at Staples Center.
Josh Hart also knocked in 15 of his 21 points from three-point range and Brandon Ingram collected 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the Lakers, who picked up their third straight win for a 5-6 record. According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN, it was a move that the Lakers were able to do as there is a theory that James former teammate and current Phoenix Suns general manager James Jones parted ways with center Tyson Chandler as a favor to help the four-time league MVP out.
Although he scored only two points, it was his nine rebounds that mattered, including two crucial offensive rebounds in the final 42 seconds.
While other key players Pascal Siakam had 21 points, Kyle Lowry 16 points and Serge Ibaka 14 points.
"You can tell he's a young-old guy that's happy to be back home, and he played with a lot of energy tonight", said Rajon Rondo, who was thanked by Chandler for vocally directing him around the court. Chandler averaged just 0.1 block per game when he was on the Suns, compared to 1.2 blocks in his career.
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While the 36-year-old Chandler might not be the dominant defensive player he was in his prime, he could play regular minutes for coach Luke Walton while the Lakers attempt to find a winning groove in their first season with LeBron James.
Los Angeles defeated Dallas 114-113, as James hit a free throw to pull the Lakers ahead with 2.1 seconds left. "But I think he's getting some great experience right now as far as the half court execution stuff we're talking about".
Lakers: James fell just shy of his 75th triple-double, but scored nine points in the fourth quarter. Minnesota had a 32-30 lead after the first 12 minutes. "We got him out of the end of practice".
That leaves L.A.'s starting point guard a question mark to play in Saturday night's game at Sacramento.