Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Davis both missed Sunday’s game due to respective injuries, and to no surprise the Los Angeles Lakers were better able to withstand the loss of their All-Star big man in a 127-91 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Kyle Kuzma was inserted into the starting lineup in place of Davis and immediately made the most of the opportunity. He knocked down four consecutive 3-pointers and early in the first quarter was single-handedly outscoring the Timberwolves.
Kuzma did eventually miss from deep but the Lakers collectively shot well throughout the game to maintain a comfortable lead. Kuzma went on to lead all players with 20 points.
Heading into the matchup, head coach Frank Vogel emphasized the need to rely on depth throughout the roster and avoid becoming complacent due to Towns’ absence. “He’s one of the best players in the league, so obviously it changes them dramatically. We’ve got to make sure we don’t let our guard down,” he said prior to tipoff.
“There were a few instances last year where the opponent had a key guy out and we didn’t play to our abilities. Other guys on the other teams were able to step up, and I expect that from the Timberwolves tonight.”
The Lakers did have a brief lapse in the second quarter, during which the Timberwolves cut their deficit to 15 points. However, L.A. responded and went into halftime with a 67-45 lead. There was…