Lakers’ new line-up ‘exposed’; Star erupts in career showing: NBA Wrap

The LA Lakers’ new line-up has been “exposed.” Plus a Celtics star exploded in a career outing.

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Sat, 15 Jan

Saturday January 15th

LAKERS’ LINE-UP EXPOSED DESPITE NARROW WIN

The LA Lakers have escaped with a scrappy home win over the shorthanded Minnesota Timberwolves 108-103 on Monday (all times AEDT).

LeBron James led the team with 26 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals in the team’s new-look line-up with him at centre.

LA has now won three of their last four games with its small ball unit featuring James at the five. But as Lakers beat writer Bill Oram highlighted, it was “exposed” in this contest as the Wolves outrebounded the Lakers 56-28.

Jarred Vanderbilt (12 rebounds), Naz Reid (11 rebounds) and even Pat Beverley (nine rebounds) did most of the damage on the glass to give Minnesota extra possessions and constantly keep the visitors in the contest.

James missed a pair of free throws with 22 seconds left in the fourth to keep the Lakers’ lead at 108-103 and the Wolves within striking distance, but Minnesota ultimately couldn’t get any closer.

“They (LA) made it a lot more difficult than it needed to be,” Lakers commentator Stu Lantz said.

Melo’s CLUTCH 4 point play | 00:22

The Timberwolves were without D’Angelo Russell and Karl Anthony-Towns due to being in the NBA’s health and safety protocols. Meanwhile, the Lakers remain without Anthony Davis and Kendrick Nunn (both knee).

It continued the Lakers’ indifferent season with another unconvincing win, sitting seventh in the West at 19-19, while Minnesota fell to 16-20.

BROWN EXPLODES FOR CAREER-HIGH 50 POINTS

Jaylen Brown scored a career-high 50 points and the Boston Celtics needed all of them in a 116-111 NBA overtime victory over the Orlando Magic.

Brown scored 21 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Celtics rally from 14 down with 4:20 left in regulation.

He opened overtime with his fifth three-pointer of the contest, adding 11 rebounds, four assists and a blocked shot.

“I was just trying to be aggressive the entire time,” said Brown, whose previous career high was 46 against the New York Knicks on October 20.

“My teammates encouraged me to take the shots. I feel like I took some good looks and they went down tonight.”

Jaylen Brown was in fire against the Magic (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)Source: FOX SPORTS

Brown’s layup with 38 seconds left in regulation knotted the score at 98-98. He scored again to put Boston up 100-98 with 30 seconds left, but Tim Frazier scored for Orlando to force overtime.

Boston had led 45-42 at halftime after leading by as many as 14 before the break.

But the Magic surged in the second half, outscoring Boston 35-20 in the third quarter to take a 77-65 lead into the final frame.

Marcus Smart added 17 points, seven assists and seven rebounds for Boston and Dennis Schroder scored 21.

Both teams were missing their leading scorers. Orlando’s Cole Anthony was sidelined by a sprained right ankle and Boston’s Jayson Tatum missed a fourth straight game because of Covid-19 concerns.

GIDDEY YOUNGEST EVER TO TRIP-DUB IN LUKA’S RETURN

Oklahoma City rookie Josh Giddey, back after three games in Covid protocols, became the youngest NBA player to post a triple-double with 17 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds in a 95-86 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

Giddey, at 19 years, two months and 23 days old surpassed LaMelo Ball as the youngest player with a triple-double and came up with four steals as well.

Josh Giddey is the youngest ever NBA player to record a triple-double (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Source: FOX SPORTS

Dallas star Luka Doncic, who also returned from a 10-game absence, came up just shy of a triple-double with 14 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in the Mavericks’.

Doncic missed five games with an ankle injury, then missed five more over Covid.

“My chest was burning,” Doncic said, who played 31 minutes in his return. “It was a weird feeling, but happy. Very happy.”

SUNS STING HORNETS AS CAVS END LOSING STREAK

The Phoenix Suns, trying to keep pace with the Golden State Warriors atop the Western Conference despite having four players and coach Monty Williams in Covid protocols, thrashed the Hornets in Charlotte 133-99.

Devin Booker scored 24 points and Jalen Smith tied his career high with 19 points and 12 rebounds as the Suns improved to 28-8 — half a game behind the Warriors for the best record in the league.

Phoenix, who had lost three of their previous four games, drained 17 three-pointers and outrebounded the Hornets 52-35.

DeRozan hits ANOTHER buzzer beater! | 00:32

Elsewhere, rookie Evan Mobley scored 24 points and All-Star Kevin Love added 20 to help the Cleveland Cavaliers end a three-game skid with a 108-104 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

“It feels good just to be back in the win column,” said Love, who noted the Cav’s had felt an “emotional hangover” in losing guard Ricky Rubio to a season-ending knee injury last week.

Jarrett Allen added 18 points and Lamar Stevens chipped in 15 for the Cavs.

ALL RESULTS

KNICKS 105 RAPTORS 120

MAGIC 111 CELTICS 116

PACERS 104 CAVALIERS 108

HEAT 113 KINGS 115

SUNS 133 HORNETS 99

MAVERICKS 95 THUNDER 86

TIMBERWOLVES 103 LAKERS 108

Soruce: https://www.foxsports.com.au/basketball/nba/nba-2022-scores-results-highlights-minnesota-timberwolves-v-la-lakers-lebron-james-stats-reactions-jaylen-brown-50-points-orlando-magic-v-boston-celtics-videos-highlights/news-story/9c0ea5bfc7e0d69d0addc2c5a325444f

By Malvi