LeBron James singles out ONE Lakers star after Timberwolves win

Former Sun Tyson Chandler officially signs with Lakers

Los Angeles kept the possession alive with offensive rebounds, and Kuzma eventually hit one free throw for a 112-110 lead with 9.2 seconds remaining.

Chandler, who is in his 18th National Basketball Association season, is averaging 3.7 points and 5.6 rebounds this season. Leonard, who missed the last two games with a sore ankle, also added 11 rebounds for the Raptors, who have won five straight since losing to Milwaukee on October 29.Pascal Siakam scored 21 points, Serge Ibaka had 14 points and 14 rebounds, and Kyle Lowry added 16 points and eight assists for the Raptors.

Kevin McHale on NBATV commented on the pressure the young Lakers are experiencing playing alongside LeBron for the first time, saying that Chandler may be able to bring the same veteran maturity but alleviate some of the pressure of playing on the same team as LeBron James.

There is no doubt that defense has been a major issue for the Los Angeles Lakers so far this season.

"It's all love, I love them the way they love me." he said. When you're homegrown from here and going to high school and all that and you've had these same fans, and now you represent the jersey that everybody has been cheering for their entire lives, you kind of become one. "Now it's great to be on this side and actually rep them".

James added 10 rebounds and nine assists, just missing out on his second triple-double as a member of the Lakers.

"I told him he needs an opt-out clause wherever he's at", James said with a smile.

A stretch of seven games saw the Lakers not once win the battle of the boards as opposing teams feasted on the glass.

"We needed the help now", he said.

Butler pointed to the Timberwolves' lack of rebounding, particularly during a sequence in the final minute of Wednesday's loss. Take the first quarter out, I'm assuming our Minnesota game was a good defensive game.