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Both Lakers and Timberwolves benefited from key missed call Wednesday

The Lakers (19-51) defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves (16-55) in overtime on Wednesday night, 101-99, in a wild finish that saw Jordan Clarkson draw a foul with 0.3 left on the clock for a pair of game-winning free throws.

For a close game, the NBA releases a report the following day, reviewing the final two minutes.  In the case of the Lakers and Timberwolves, the entire overtime session was also examined closely.

While the foul on Zach LaVine that sent Clarkson to the line was ruled correct, the officials missed the ensuing inbound play from the Timberwolves in which Clarkson fouled Minnesota rookie Andrew Wiggins.

"After inbound, but prior to the touch, Clarkson (LAL) grabs Wiggins' (MIN) arm, preventing him from catching the pass," reads the report.

NBA officials reviewed 21 items, finding six mistakes, including five non-calls -- of which four favored the Lakers and two the Timberwolves.

Clarkson was also incorrectly called for traveling with just over two minutes left in...

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Lakers blow late lead before beating Timberwolves in overtime, 101-99

Jordan Clarkson sank a pair of free throws with 0.3 seconds left in overtime to give the Lakers a 101-99 victory over the Timberwolves on Wednesday night in Minnesota.

Chase Budinger made a three-pointer with 6.6 seconds left in the fourth quarter to force the extra session, with Minnesota overcoming a late five-point deficit.

Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng made two huge plays, making a jump shot with 18.7 seconds left in overtime followed by a block on Wayne Ellington's layup in the final seconds, but Clarkson grabbed the offensive rebound and was fouled by Zach LaVine to set up the winning free throws.

Clarkson finished with 20 points, making all eight of his free throws.  The rookie dished five assists but struggled with six turnovers.

Minnesota rookie forward Andrew Wiggins was the game's leading scorer with 27.  Budinger added 22 off the bench, while LaVine had 18 points on five-of-18 shooting.

The Lakers got a strong performance from Jeremy Lin, but after scoring 19 points in...

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Preview: Lakers at Minnesota Timberwolves

The Lakers (18-51) visit the Minnesota Timberwolves (16-54) on Wednesday night.

The Timberwolves are one of the three teams the Lakers are "chasing" for a better position in the NBA's draft lottery.

A loss would be a boon for the Lakers after their win on Sunday over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Minnesota played just seven players on Monday, but managed to beat the Jazz in Utah with a 106-104 overtime win.

The Wolves are even more injured than the Lakers.  Kevin Martin (hamstring) and Justin Hamilton (migraine) are questionable, Kevin Garnett (knee), Ricky Rubio (ankle) and Gary Neal (ankle) are doubtful, while Nikola Pekovic (ankle), Shabazz Muhammad (finger), Anthony Bennett (leg) and Robbie Hummel (hand) are all out.

For the Lakers, Nick Young is out with a knee injury while Ronnie Price (elbow), Kobe Bryant (shoulder), Julius Randle (knee) and Steve Nash (back) are all done for the season.

Key matchup

UCLA product Zach LaVine led the Wolves over the Jazz with 27 points. That's one short...

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Lakers' defense gets lost in defeat by Oklahoma City, 127-117

Oklahoma City Thunder 127 - Lakers 117 (end of regulation)

The Lakers fell apart defensively on Tuesday night, giving up 127 points to the Thunder in Oklahoma City.

The combination of Russell Westbrook, Enes Kanter and Dion Waiters dominated the Lakers.  Westbrook finished with 27 points and 11 assists, Kanter scored 25 points with 16 rebounds and Waiters added 23 points.

Steven Adams also notched a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.  Anthony Morrow hit four of six three-point attempts for 12 points off the bench.

Lakers rookie Jordan Clarkson finished with a career-night, scoring 30 points in the loss on 12 of 19 shooting with seven assists and three blocked shots.

Coach Byron Scott missed the game, after the passing of his mother.  Assistant Paul Pressey ran the team, starting Jeremy Lin and Ryan Kelly per Scott's instruction.  Jordan Hill and Carlos Boozer both sat out, giving way to the team's younger players.

Lin added 19 points with seven assists.  Kelly scored 16,...

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Steve Nash struggled to keep NBA dream alive, finally accepted fate

The inevitable finally came to pass Tuesday, as Steve Nash officially announced his retirement at the Lakers' practice facility in El Segundo.

"The one thing I want to say today is a huge heartfelt thank you to the Buss family, to the entire Lakers organization," said Nash, who has missed most of his three years with the team, including all of his final season.

"[It has been] an incredible experience for me to be a part of that history and tradition," Nash said of his run with the franchise. "Obviously we know it didn't go the way we planned, but I was treated incredibly in my time here -- an unparalleled level of support."

Nash, a two-time NBA most valuable player, joined the Lakers in 2012 for $27 million, via sign-and-trade from the Phoenix Suns.  The point guard built a career that will earn him a berth in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

"I came here with huge hopes and dreams, and was incredibly excited and humbled to have the opportunity to come here and play for...

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Lakers: Week 22 predictions

The Lakers (18-50) finished Week 21 with a win over the Philadelphia 76ers (17-53).

The Lakers, who start a five-game road trip on Tuesday, face this week and Sunday the Oklahoma City Thunder (40-30), Minnesota Timberwolves (15-54), Toronto Raptors (42-28) and Brooklyn Nets (29-39).

Coach Byron Scott will miss the first couple of games because his mother died. Assistant Paul Pressey will run the team in the interim.

To date, the Lakers are one game better than the cumulative prediction of 17-51.

Tuesday at Oklahoma City Thunder

The Thunder have climbed to the eighth and final playoff berth in the Western Conference, a spot they'll fight to hold despite injuries to Kevin Durant (foot), Serge Ibaka (knee), Nick Collison (knee) and Andre Roberson (ankle).

Roberson may play on Tuesday, but Durant and Ibaka won't.

Still, Russell Westbrook has been a monster, doing just about everything possible to help carry the Thunder to the postseason.

Prediction: Thunder

Wednesday at Minnesota...

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