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Tyson Chan­dler debuts with an im­pact as the Los An­ge­les (LA) Lak­ers beats Min­nesota Tim­ber­wolves

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Los An­ge­les — 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.

LeBron James had 24 points, 10 re­bounds and nine as­sists, and Kyle Kuzma scored six of his 21 points in the fi­nal min­utes of the Lak­ers' 114-110 vic­tory over the Min­nesota Tim­ber­wolves.

James, Kuzma and Josh Hart played ma­jor roles in the Lak­ers' third win in four games, but they all di­rected praise to­ward Chan­dler, who joined the Lak­ers on Tues­day af­ter reach­ing a buy­out agree­ment with Phoenix. Af­ter LA's savvy bas­ket­ball fans wel­comed Chan­dler to town with cheers, the vet­eran pro­vided much of what the Lak­ers have been lack­ing this sea­son.

"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."

AP

ALL THE WAY. Los An­ge­les Lak­ers for­ward LeBron James, cen­ter, goes up for a shot as Min­nesota Tim­ber­wolves guard Derrick Rose, left, for­ward Taj Gib­son, sec­ond from right, and for­ward An­drew Wig­gins watch dur­ing the first half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game Wed­nes­day, Nov. 7, 2018, in Los An­ge­les.

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