For the second consecutive game, Coach
Down the stretch, Scott instead relied on his younger players, led by Russell, who scored a career-high 23 points and made the tying basket at the end of regulation.
After a competitive first half that saw the Timberwolves take a 59-57 lead into the break, Minnesota pulled ahead by nine points in the third quarter. The Lakers closed the period well, heading into the fourth quarter down by three.
The Timberwolves pushed back ahead, but Russell made a pair of late three-pointers to get the Lakers within two. Minnesota rookie
But Williams closed the gap with a long two-pointer with 31 seconds left and the Lakers got one more stop, giving Russell the opportunity to tie it at 114 with a banked shot in the lane with 2.2 seconds left.
The Lakers fought back to tie on a Nick Young basket with 1:15 left in overtime. After Wiggins converted a layup, Randle had a shot to tie with 33.4 left, but he missed one of two free throws.
The Lakers got a defensive stop to give them an opportunity to win, but in the final seconds, Russell couldn't make the potential game-winner with the Lakers down a point. Roy Hibbert rebounded the miss, but couldn't connect on a fadeaway, giving the Timberwolves the victory.
Towns finished with 26 points with 14 rebounds, Wiggins added 19 points and
The Lakers got 20 points and 12 rebounds from Randle, 19 points from Williams and 13 from Young.
The Lakers (3-19) will travel to San Antonio to play the