Chan­dler’s de­but with home­town Lak­ers a big one

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Tyson Chan­dler sa­vored the ova­tions when he first took the court in down­town Los An­ge­les. The cheers at the end were even sweeter.

The Lak­ers’ new­est big man got to rep­re­sent his home­town Wed­nes­day night for the first time in his 18 NBA sea­sons, and he came up big­ger and bet­ter than even he ex­pected in a hard-fought win over the Min­nesota Tim­ber­wolves in which he pro­vided de­fense, re­bound­ing and hard picks in 23 min­utes.

Chan­dler’s nine re­bounds in­cluded two enor­mous of­fen­sive boards in the last minute. He then con­tested Der­rick Rose’s fi­nal 3-point at­tempt, forc­ing a miss that essen­tially sealed the win.

“It’s hon­estly all love,” Chan­dler said. “I love this city the way they love me. 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. I’ve been on the other side and played the vil­lain. Now it’s great to be on this side and ac­tu­ally rep them.”

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