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[MINNESOTA] — The Minnesota Timberwolves played host to the Los Angeles Lakers last night and Wolves fans will wish that they could have another crack at this one. The narrow 109-110 defeat was and still is a tough one to swallow. The loss bumps Minnesota's record down to 31-49 on the season, while the victory gives Los Angeles a 25-55 total on the year. It's not overly surprising that the Timberwolves would end up losing this one consider they did little to establish themselves as dangerous threats. Perhaps the showing can serve as an essential building block for the team in the days to come.

Leading the way in one of the finest individual performances of the season was Karl-Anthony Towns. Towns's borderline-historic night of 40 points, 21 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 blocks and 1 steals in 41 minutes will be remembered as one of the nights he truly displayed why he's held in such regard at the NBA level. Still, one can't be overly enthusastic about the numbers considering that even Towns himself would presumably trade the solid figures for a different result on the scoreboard. Needless to say, Minnesota will take any win they can get their hands on considering where they find themselves in the conference but this just wasn't one of them.

Unable to match Towns's numbers, Larry Nance Jr. can rest assured that he bested his rival where it actually counts. Nance Jr.'s 10 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists led the Lakers in the winning effort.

Individual performances aside, if there's one area where the Timberwolves can improve, it's on the defensive side of the ball. Though Minnesota wasn't terrible in the ball game, there's no denying that a stricter focus on limiting their opponents could serve them well the next time they collide with a worthy foe.

The loss hurts for the homeside but they'll get their opportunity to regain ground in a pending matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers. The Lakers, meanwhile, will set their sights on a run-in with the .

Timberwolves Stats

Roster P R A B S M
K. Towns402141141
A. Wiggins41210038
G. Dieng12743137
R. Rubio23110333
S. Muhammad12200018
O. Casspi2011217
T. Jones0230110
K. Dunn0430015
B. Rush0001030

Lakers Stats

Roster P R A B S M
L. Nance Jr.101062134
T. Ennis20251023
J. Randle13821128
D. Russell16440334
J. Clarkson17430031
T. Black7203217
B. Ingram10211230
T. Robinson7710018
M. World Peace8110111
C. Brewer2030015
DetailsMinnesotaLos Angeles
Game No.8080
Last GameSAC
Next GamePOR

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80.0 FP
1.95 FPPM
Nance Jr.

44.5 FP
1.31 FPPM

43.0 FP
1.13 FPPM


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