Lebron James leads Lakers to win over Timberwolves in National Basketball Association

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Chandler played 23 minutes in his debut, a day after the Lakers signed him.

Tyson Chandler feels he can free up LeBron James to do "special things" and relishes the opportunity to be a hero rather than a villain at Staples Center after joining the Lakers.

Chandler signed with his hometown team on Tuesday, shortly after the 18-year veteran big man reached a buyout agreement with Phoenix.

Kevin McHale on NBATV commented on the pressure the young Lakers are experiencing playing alongside LeBron for the first time, saying that Chandler may be able to bring the same veteran maturity but alleviate some of the pressure of playing on the same team as LeBron James. "I love this city the way they love me".

The win gives the Raptors a 11-1 record as they had help from star player who contributed 25 points and 11 rebounds.

"I've been on the other side and played the villain, " he added.

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

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Kuzma's fourth 3-pointer put the Lakers up 111-104 with 1:51 to play for their biggest lead of the night.

"I told him he needs an opt-out clause wherever he's at", James said with a smile.

Three days after the Lakers fell behind by 31 points in the first quarter during a loss to the Toronto Raptors, they trailed by as many as nine points in the opening quarter against the Wolves.

A California native, Chandler attended Dominguez High School in Compton before going pro. Minnesota had a 32-30 lead after the first 12 minutes. Towns was held to 5-of-16 shooting from the field, in part due to Chandler's defense.

That leaves L.A.'s starting point guard a question mark to play in Saturday night's game at Sacramento. To have him close out games, I know how special he is on both ends.

In typical Skip Bayless fashion, the TV personality says the Rockets' woes might help LeBron James and the Lakers sneak into the playoffs this season in the rugged Western Conference.

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