October 29, 2022 (Jack87 News) – The 2022-2023 NBA regular season continued with the Los Angeles Lakers playing against the Minnesota Timberwolves BK8. After the whole game, the Lakers lost 102-111 to the Timberwolves, swallowing their five-game losing streak in the opening season.
Today, Westbrook was present but Anthony Davis missed the game due to injury. The data shows that before this game, Westbrook has made 1,007 consecutive starts, second only to Paul and James among active players. In this campaign, Westbrook scored 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. In addition, this night, he surpassed the legendary Robert Parish of the Boston Celtics and rose to 29th in the all-time scoring list. James on the other hand, scored 28 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. This game was also the 1135th game of James’s career with more than 20 points, thus surpassing the famous Karl Malone (1134 games) and ranking first in history.
In the first quarter, Boda8 Towns assisted Gobert for a layup that opened the scoring for the Timberwolves. But soon, James hit a three-pointer and made a foul free throw. After that, the two sides launched a confrontation, Troy Brown hit a three-pointer, and the score came to a 10-10 level. Next, the Wolves’ offensive gradually started, Russell made three-pointers + jumpers in a row, and the home team set off a 9-0 spurt. But in the latter part of this quarter, the Lakers responded by attacking Bo, Reeves scored a three-pointer and hit a free throw. Nunn broke through and scored, and the difference returned to 1 point. Prince made a layup and finished the single quarter, giving the Timberwolves a 28-25 lead temporarily.
The second quarter started with Nunn’s jumper and Prince hitting a three-pointer that gave them more advantage. Since then, the efficiency of both teams is very low. Entering the latter part of this stage, both teams hit a succesful three-pointer each. Next, Westbrook made another layup, made 1 of 2 foul free throws, and personally scored 8 points. The halftime ended with Lakers and Timberwolves tied at 52.
After changing sides, Bet99 Gobert scored with a dunk, and the Wolves took the lead in opening again. But soon, Troy Brown hit a three-pointer and James made a layup. In the middle of the third quarter, the Wolves continued to exert their strength. Edwards scored three goals in a row, resulting to a 9-point advantage. Not long after, Westbrook made a foul free throw, and Lonnie Walker made a tip-up and layup, and the point difference was narrowed again. Since then, the tug of war has continued. After three quarters, the Timberwolves narrowly lead the Lakers 78-75.
At the deciding quarter, Towns finally found his offensive feeling. He scored a step-back jumper and a three-pointer, and his personal score was in double figures. The Lakers did not give up, Reeves made a three-pointer, and James made more free throws. But the Wolves played steadily to hold the victory. In the end, the Lakers lost 102-111 to the Timberwolves and swallowed their five-game losing streak in the opening season.