LeBron James, despite waking up sick, decided to play for the Los Angeles Lakers in their challenging game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. James, renowned for his clutch performances, delivered yet again by hitting a crucial shot in the game's final moments.
However, in a twist of fate, the NBA's replay center ruled his long jumper, taken with just 3.3 seconds left on the clock, as a two-pointer instead of a three. This decision left James and the Lakers questioning the effectiveness of the replay system in a crucial moment.
James expressed his frustration post-game, emphasizing his belief that the shot was a three-pointer. "It’s obviously a 3," he stated, pointing out the visible space between his foot and the 3-point line. His comments underscored the importance of accurate decision-making in high-stakes moments of the game.
Timberwolves Triumph Despite Lakers' Effort
The Minnesota Timberwolves, led by Anthony Edwards with 31 points and Naz Reid with 21 off the bench, managed to hold their ground against the Lakers, securing a 108-106 victory.
Rudy Gobert's double-double, featuring 13 points and 13 rebounds, played a significant role in the win. Despite committing 19 turnovers, the Timberwolves capitalized on their shooting prowess and maintained their impressive home record, now standing at 14-1 for the season.
Minnesota coach Chris Finch acknowledged the team's turnover issue but praised their overall performance and movement of the ball. Edwards' crucial fourth-quarter contributions, including a pair of 3-pointers, helped keep the Lakers at bay.
Mike Conley's three-pointer in the last minute further solidified the Timberwolves' lead. For the Lakers, Anthony Davis stood out with 33 points, 17 rebounds, and eight assists. Despite James adding 26 points, the team struggled with field goal and three-point shooting.
Los Angeles coach Darvin Ham noted missed opportunities but remained optimistic about the team's potential. The game highlighted the Lakers' new strategy with a bigger starting lineup, focusing on Davis as a key player on both ends of the court.
Despite an early lead, the Lakers couldn't maintain their momentum, with the Timberwolves' shooting eventually turning the tide in their favor.