Indianapolis Star
National Basketball Association
Minnesota 114, L.A. Lakers 96
When: 8:00 PM ET, Monday, January 1, 2018
Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Officials: #38 Michael Smith, #68 Jacyn Goble, #16 David Guthrie
Attendance: 18978

Wolves romp over Lakers again, 114-96

Seven days after a Christmas Day blowout of the Lakers, the Minnesota Timberwolves doubled down with another beatdown of Los Angeles in a 114-96 rout Monday night in Minneapolis.

Jimmy Butler had a game-high 28 points and nine assists despite seven turnovers, Andrew Wiggins added 21 points and nine boards and Gorgui Dieng scored 17 to pace the Timberwolves' victory. Minnesota opened the game on a 16-0 run.

Karl-Anthony Towns amassed 16 points and 13 rebounds and Taj Gibson scored 14 to help complete a balanced Timberwolves scoring attack that put up 49.4 percent shooting from the floor (40 of 81).

Minnesota (24-14) followed up a 10-5 month of December with their seventh win in the last eight games.

Jordan Clarkson led the Lakers with 20 points, Julius Randle totaled 15 points and 12 boards and Brandon Ingram chipped in 14 points.

Corey Brewer (12 points) and Josh Hart (10) were the only other double-digit scorers for a Lakers offense that could only manage 44.7 percent shooting (34 of 76).

Los Angeles (11-25) lost its seventh straight and has dropped 10 of 11 dating back to Dec. 12. The Lakers were defeated at home by the Timberwolves 121-104 on Christmas Day and went 3-11 in December.

Ingram's stepback jumper with 5:05 to play in the third quarter pulled Los Angeles within 78-72, but Gibson's dunk sparked a 13-4 Minnesota run to close the quarter.

Clarkson's runner at the 8:08 mark of the fourth got the Lakers back within 11 points at 97-86. Butler knocked down a pair of free throws and hit a turnaround jumper to stake the Timberwolves' lead at 101-86 and recapture the momentum.

The Timberwolves led 60-48 at halftime after outscoring the Lakers by 12 in the first quarter.

Minnesota heads out for a quick two-game road swing beginning Wednesday in Brooklyn. Los Angeles opens a five-game homestand Wednesday against Oklahoma City.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
L.A. Lakers   Minnesota
Jordan Clarkson 20 Scoring Jimmy Butler 28
Jordan Clarkson 4 Assists Jimmy Butler 9
Julius Randle 12 Rebounds Karl-Anthony Towns 13
Brandon Ingram 6 Free Throws Made Jimmy Butler 11
Corey Brewer 2 Steals Jimmy Butler 3
Corey Brewer 1 Blocks Gorgui Dieng 2
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
L.A. Lakers 96 44.7 8-26 20-29 18 37 4 12 24
Minnesota 114 49.4 7-20 27-30 26 41 5 14 17
Upcoming Games
  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against Brooklyn. The Timberwolves have a W/L % of .565 after a win and .733 after a loss.
  • L.A. Lakers will play their next game at home against Oklahoma City. The Lakers have a W/L % of .250 after a win and .333 after a loss.