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FSM Recap: Lakers vs Timberwolves – Game 66 – 2023

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Los Angeles Lakers (36-30)  |  Minnesota Timberwolves (44-21)

 

Sunday night, it was the Lakers vs Timberwolves in Los Angeles. Anthony Davis had a dominant performance to lead the Lakers to a 120-109 victory over Minnesota.  

 

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The Los Angeles Lakers took on the Timberwolves in Crypto.com Arena on Sunday night.

The Lakers got LeBron James back in the lineup on Sunday night when they hosted the Minnesota Timberwolves. Anthony Davis was able to play as well despite injuring his shoulder on Friday.

On the other hand, the Timberwolves were without some key players. Minnesota was without Karl-Anthony Towns, Rudy Gobert, and Kyle Anderson, giving the Lakers a prime opportunity to pick up a much-needed win. They were able to do precisely that, coming away with a 120-109 victory.

We had a conversation after the Sac game,Davis said before the game against Minnesota. “We let that one get away. I mean, we won all the quarters except for the second quarter, and that’s what the game has turned for. Tonight, just coming out and just playing as hard as we can. Leaving everything on the floor, knowing that we have a lot of tough opponents coming up. I mean, we have Minnesota [Timberwolves] Sunday.

 

Lakers vs Timberwolves First Quarter:

 

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Neither team was playing any defense early, as players were scoring with ease. Rui Hachimura filled it up with seven early points to give the Lakers a 13-11 lead.

Hachimura then hit a corner triple, and Davis got going inside. Anthony Edwards tried to put Davis on a poster at one point and was unsuccessful and then picked up a technical for arguing the no-call.

The Lakers got sloppy from there, though, with some silly turnovers, but Davis still made up for it with his two-way dominance to give L.A. a 32-28 lead at the end of one.

 

Lakers vs Timberwolves 2nd Quarter:

 

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Minnesota heated up from deep to begin the second, with Naz Reid and Mike Conley both hitting to tie the game. The Lakers also started to heat up from deep as Austin Reaves made two in a row, and then Hachimura made another.

L.A. welcomed back Jaxson Hayes, who had some productive minutes, scoring seven points for L.A.’s bench that often struggles to produce. But no matter how often the Lakers started to find some steam, the T-Wolves answered back.

Reid kept his team in it with 21 first-half points, so the Lakers went into the halftime locker room with a slim 69-68 lead.

 

Lakers vs Timberwolves 3rd Quarter:

 

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James came out aggressive to start the third quarter, scoring 11 points in the third three minutes to get the Lakers’ lead to double digits for the first time. The Timberwolves again had a nice response, though, with Nickel Alexander-Walker making back-to-back triples, forcing a Lakers timeout.

Minnesota’s run continued out of the timeout as the Lakers kept turning the ball over, and Edwards made a trio of buckets, including a 3, to give his team the lead.

Davis quickly got the lead back for the Lakers by going to work on the offensive glass, although Luka Garza beat the buzzer to give the Timberwolves a 92-91 lead at the end of the third.

 

Lakers vs Timberwolves 4th Quarter:

 

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The Lakers opened up the fourth quarter on an 11-2 run with James leading the way, forcing a Minnesota timeout.

L.A. continued dominating from there as the Timberwolves simply had no answer for Davis on either end of the floor. Reaves then got in on the action from deep, and all of a sudden, the Lakers had built a 112-96 lead.

The shorthanded Timberwolves couldn’t make a run from there as the Lakers closed out an easy victory.

Davis finished with 27 points, 25 rebounds, five assists, seven steals, and three blocks. He is the first player in NBA history with a stat line of that kind.

 

The Los Angeles Lakers will travel to Sacramento to take on the Kings on Wednesday, March 13th, at 7:00 pm PST. Thank you for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news.

 

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