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LeBron James was again the leading scorer for the Lakers and came close to recording his second triple-double with his new franchise.

Chandler, who is in his 18th National Basketball Association season, is averaging 3.7 points and 5.6 rebounds this season. Many around the league questioned LeBron James' move to the Lakers after the superstar signed a four-year free agent deal with them.

It had featured recently acquired big man Tyson Chandler playing a big factor on the floor in his first game with the team, which included some pivotal tapout rebounds in the final minute of the fourth quarter. 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.

While the 36-year-old Chandler might not be the dominant defensive player he was in his prime, he could play regular minutes for coach Luke Walton while the Lakers attempt to find a winning groove in their first season with LeBron James.

Chandler's nine rebounds included two enormous offensive boards in the last minute. "It's incredible. I haven't played with a closer like that since Dirk".

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When presented with the claim, LeBron said it was really Chandler who benefited the most.

There were several top performers for the Lakers, LeBron James contributed 24 points and 10 rebounds, Brandon Ingram had 20 points and Kyle Kuzma also added 21 points.

"I love this city the way they love me", Chandler said to McMenamin. Derrick Rose promptly hit back-to-back 3-pointers for the Wolves, trimming the lead to one with 1:06 left. On his ESPN radio show, Stephen A. Smith said Rondo's comments to the Lakers' public relations team about a "punk-ass reporter" were in reference to him.

The Lakers next face the Sacramento Kings on Saturday and then take on the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.