Last week in Los Angeles, when Shaquille O’Neal descended from the top of the 100 section at Staples Center, fresh off his statue ceremony, and took his courtside seat, even the Minnesota Timberwolves felt the energy in the building change.
But on Thursday night, there was no such boost for Los Angeles.
The Lakers lost to the Timberwolves, 119-104, six days after beating them in overtime at home. A trio of young stars scored big and helped propel Minnesota. Forward Andrew Wiggins scored 27 points, center Karl-Anthony Towns scored 32 and guard Ricky Rubio had a career-high 33 points.
“Ricky is a very, very good player and I’m a big fan of his game,” Lakers Coach Luke...