Before the last-place
Minnesota, he said, is a club "we know is going to come in here and look at [playing] us the way we're looking at them: A very winnable game."
Turned out it was winnable only for the Timberwolves, who overcame an eight-point deficit late in the game to defeat the Lakers, 120-119, on Friday night at Staples Center.
And Scott was livid after the game when he met with reporters.
"We relaxed [in the fourth quarter] and that's the game," Scott said, stopping himself at times from cursing. "We made some bonehead plays.
"Bunch of mental mistakes, bunch of physical mistakes," he said. "Lack of focus, simple as that."
The loss dropped the Lakers to 3-13, and a dismal 1-8 at home, while Minnesota improved to 4-10. The Lakers' worst home record, 14-27, was set last season.
Kobe Bryant had a final chance to win the game after the Lakers inbounded the ball with 2.8 seconds left. Bryant fired a three-point attempt from the middle of the court but it didn't drop.
"It felt good, it was just a little short," he said.
Bryant, too, saved his harshest words for the Lakers' defense. The Lakers led by eight points with five minutes left in the game, only to see the lead vanish.
"Lazy defense," Bryant said. "We're shooting ourselves in the foot."
The team's balance on offense, at least Friday night, was fine, he added.
While Bryant was scoring a team-high 26 points, the Lakers had four others who scored in double digits:
Young came to life in the fourth quarter, when the former USC Trojan scored 13 points.
Minnesota was led by rookie
Timberwolves rookie forward
Wiggins "was on [Houston star
But Wiggins had his hands full with Bryant. In the first quarter, Bryant stole the ball from Wiggins, drove to the basket and slammed home a reverse dunk. It was one of three steals for Bryant in the half.
And although Wiggins entered the game with a 12.6-point scoring average, tops among NBA rookies, he managed only three points against the Lakers with one-for-six shooting.