Timberwolves celebrate Christmas with a win over Lakers

Timberwolves celebrate Christmas with a win over Lakers

Lonzo Ball also struggled with his shot, going just 4-of-13 from the field, but he contributed eight rebounds and 11 assists to go with 10 points. However, he made it known as well that he plans to play on Christmas Day, against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Monday's late game capped the NBA's Christmas quintupleheader and it came with all the trimmings - Santa hats and ugly Yuletide sweaters worn galore, a special national television, play-by-play performance by TNT's outspoken Thursday night crew.

Former Southern California standout Taj Gibson had 23 points and nine rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have won four straight. With Butler and Towns, Minnesota should have more than enough star power to handle the shorthanded Lakers and cover the five-point spread as road favorites. He scored five consecutive points - including a rather rare three-pointer - after the Lakers pulled within six.

The Lakers scored the first four points of the fourth quarter to take an 84-83 lead, but Towns followed with two three-point plays in a 13-0 run that gave Minnesota its biggest lead at 96-84 with 8:56 left.

"So if we weren't playing Cleveland on Christmas and I told you Steph hasn't played in a three-on-three game, hasn't had any contact at all. We have a lot of different options, guys who can make plays - Jimmy, Wigs, KAT, Jeff, Tyus, myself, there's a lot of guys", Crawford said. The Lakers still have young talents like Brandon Ingram (who's status is uncertain for tomorrow) and Kyle Kuzma.

Kuzma scored 10 of the Lakers' first 14 points, and kept a short-handed bunch in the mix. He will have even more responsibility offensively with Ball out, and will likely have to showcase more of his one-on-one game tonight.

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