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Gobert leads Timberwolves past Lakers despite Davis’ 38



The Minnesota Timberwolves completed a successful two-game road trip in Los Angeles, defeating the Lakers 110-102 on Friday night. Rudy Gobert had a dominant performance, finishing with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Anthony Edwards contributed 19 points, while Naz Reid added 15 points to help the Wolves move back above .500.

The Lakers, playing without the injured LeBron James and D’Angelo Russell, were led by Anthony Davis’ 38 points, but it wasn’t enough to secure the win. Malik Beasley chipped in 15 points for the Lakers, who lost for only the second time in their last six games.

Los Angeles trailed by 14 early in the fourth quarter, but a late rally brought them within three points. However, a crucial 3-pointer by Mike Conley with 1:13 to play sealed the victory for the Timberwolves.

The absence of James, who missed his third straight game due to a right foot injury, was a major factor in the Lakers’ loss. The NBA’s career scoring leader won’t even be re-evaluated until late this month, which could further threaten Los Angeles’ playoff hopes. The Lakers are in eighth place and have a vital stretch of 10 of their remaining 12 games at home. They are 5-3 since the trade deadline, but their playoff fate could be determined before James returns.

Although Davis had a prolific offensive game, with Gobert hounding him on defense, he also committed a season-high six turnovers. This gave him 11 turnovers in his last two games.

The win for the Timberwolves comes after a difficult 0-3 stretch, and impressive back-to-back wins over the Clippers and Lakers have put them back on track. The Lakers’ loss also marked a successful return to Los Angeles for D’Angelo Russell, who was traded to Minnesota earlier this season after spending four seasons with the Timberwolves.

The Timberwolves’ recent success can be attributed to their young core, led by Edwards, who has been sensational in his rookie season. The 19-year-old guard has quickly become one of the most exciting players in the league and has shown no fear against the top teams in the NBA.

Gobert, on the other hand, has been the anchor of the Timberwolves’ defense. The two-time Defensive Player of the Year has been a dominant force in the paint, averaging 14 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game this season.

With James sidelined, the Lakers have had to rely on Davis to carry the load. Although he has been able to put up impressive numbers, the Lakers will need more from their supporting cast if they hope to make a deep playoff run.

The Lakers’ recent moves at the trade deadline have bolstered their roster, but injuries have hindered their progress. If James is unable to return soon, the Lakers’ playoff hopes may be in jeopardy.

The Timberwolves, on the other hand, have shown tremendous growth this season and could be a team to watch in the future. With their young core and experienced veterans like Gobert, they could become a force in the Western Conference in the coming years.


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