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.”

Cava­liers: Start­ing point guard Ge­orge Hill could miss two weeks with a sprained right shoul­der, the lat­est set­back for the Cavs, who have are 1-10 and are ex­pected to be with­out All-Star for­ward Kevin Love for at least an­other five weeks af­ter foot surgery. Cleve­land is also miss­ing for­ward Sam Dekker, who sprained his an­kle and is out for a month.

High­lights

Thun­der 98, Rock­ets 80: Paul Ge­orge scored 20 points and Ok­la­homa City ( 7-4) beat Hous­ton (4-6) with­out point guard Rus­sell West­brook for their sev­enth straight vic­tory. West­brook missed his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive game with a sprained left an­kle. Ge­orge also had 11 re­bounds, six as­sists and six steals.

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