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The LA Lakers’ new lineup has been “exposed.” Also, a Celtics star exploded on a professional outing.

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Mon, 03 Jan

Monday January 3

LAKERS ALIGNMENT EXPOSED DESPITE THE NARROW GAIN

The LA Lakers have escaped with a rude home win over the little Minnesota Timberwolves 108-103 on Monday (all-time AEDT).

LeBron James led the team with 26 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals in the team’s new lineup with him in center.

LA has now won three of its last four games with its small ball unit with James in all five. But as Lakers loss writer Bill Oram noted, he was “exposed” in this contest, as the Wolves rebounded the Lakers 56-28.

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

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

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

CLUTCH 4 points from Melo’s CLUTCH | 00:22

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

He continued the Lakers’ indifferent season with another unconvincing victory, finishing seventh in the West at 19-19, while Minnesota fell to 16-20.

BROWN EXPLODES FOR 50 HIGH RACE POINTS

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

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

He opened extra time with his fifth triple of the game, adding 11 rebounds, four assists and a blocked shot.

“I tried to be aggressive all the time,” said Brown, whose previous record was 46 against the New York Knicks on Oct. 20.

“My colleagues encouraged me to shoot. I feel like I got a good look at them and they came down tonight. “

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

Brown’s layup with 38 seconds left in regulation time tied 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 to 14 before halftime.

But the Magic rose in the second half, beating Boston 35-20 in the third quarter to take a 77-65 lead in the final draw.

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

Both teams were missing their top scorers. Orlando’s Cole Anthony was sidelined with a sprained right ankle and Boston’s Jayson Tatum missed a fourth game in a row due to Covid-19 concerns.

GIDDEY THE YOUNGEST ON TRIP-DUB ON THE RETURN OF LUKA

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

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

Josh Giddey is the youngest 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 close to hitting a triple-double with 14 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds at the Mavericks’ home.

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

“My chest burned,” said Doncic, who played 31 minutes on his return. “It was a strange but happy feeling. Very happy.”

THE SUNS STICK THE HORNETS AS THE CAVS END UP LOSING THE FACE

The Phoenix Suns, trying to keep up with the Golden State Warriors at the top of the Western Conference despite having four players and coach Monty Williams on Covid protocols, thrashed the Hornets at 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, a half game behind the Warriors for the best record in the league.

Phoenix, which had lost three of its four previous games, had 17 3-pointers and rebounded the Hornets 52-35.

DeRozan hits ANOTHER buzzer! | 00:32

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

“It feels good to be back in the win column,” Love said, noting that the Cavs had felt an “emotional hangover” as they lost guard Ricky Rubio to a knee injury that ended the season last week.

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

ALL RESULTS

POINTS 105 RAPTORS 120

MAGIC 111 CELTICS 116

FRAMES 104 CAVALIERS 108

HEAT 113 KINGS 115

SOL 133 HORNETS 99

Mavericks 95 THUNDER 86

TIMBERWOLVES 103 LAKERS 108

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