The Lakers simply didn't compete on Friday night, getting blown out early by the Minnesota Timberwolves, 143-107
Minnesota scored 41 points in the first quarter and 74 by the half, building a 30-point lead the Lakers never recovered from.
The Lakers were led by Kent Bazemore, who started for
The Lakers' offense wasn't the issue, shooting 43.1% from the field as a team with just eight turnovers.
Defensively, the Lakers were awful, allowing the Wolves to shoot 67.1% and 44.4% from three-point range. Minnesota took 40 free-throw attempts while out-rebounding the Lakers 49-26.
The Wolves did turn the ball over 21 times, but it wasn't enough to give the Lakers any window to climb back in.
The Lakers (24-48) return home to host the
The Wolves continued their offensive onslaught, scoring 37 points in the third. The Lakers' offense improved but trading baskets isn't the way to make up a 30-point halftime deficit.
The Lakers were demolished by the Timberwolves in the first half, falling behind by 31 after 24 minutes of play.
The Lakers didn't have much going on either offensively or defensively, shooting just 31.5% while giving up 41 and 33 points in the first two periods.
The Timberwolves jumped out to an early lead, hitting six of their first seven shots.
Minnesota shot 65.0% from the field and took 14 free throws in 12 minutes.
The Lakers struggled offensively until
The Lakers (23-47) visit the Minnesota Timberwolves (35-35) on Friday night, playing their second game in as many days after a 108-105 loss Thursday in Milwaukee to the
The Timberwolves are unlikely to make the playoffs with a seven-game deficit behind the eighth-place
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