WATCH: Timberwolves’ Patrick Beverley Taunts and Annoys LeBron James During Loss vs Lakers

Published 01/03/2022, 6:30 AM EST
Dec 17, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) argues the call against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the third quarter at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports


Going up against a shorthanded Minnesota Timberwolves, the Los Angeles Lakers came out on top. LeBron James and co. rallied a comeback after trailing with The King leading the way once again for the purple and gold outfit. However, Timberwolves’ Patrick Beverley did everything in his power to get in his head.

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Beverley is always trying to get into the opposition’s head. He is a scrappy defender with a knack for pulling off antics on the floor. This ability makes him a menace for any team he goes up against. He manipulates the game in his own way and the game against the Lakers was no different. He tried to get to LeBron, but the Akron Hammer pulled through regardless.

Dec 15, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) celebrates the win over the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Beverley tried on more than one occasion but got nothing but a clinic from James.

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LeBron James faces Beverley’s antics

Beverley chose the third quarter as his time to go after LeBron. After the Wolves got the lead, Pat took control of the ball. He then nailed a step-back three over LeBron and gave him a few words for it. But that wasn’t all. Later, when James tried to get to the rack, he got fouled and Beverley held the contest a little too long by holding LeBron’s hand till he got to the free-throw spot.

Despite not having Karl Anthony Towns, the Timberwolves gave it their all to get the best of the Lake show. However, the purple and gold pulled through and got their second win in a row. While James couldn’t break his 30 point streak, he was still the top scorer for the game.

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LeBron James ended the game with 26 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals. Russell Westbrook added 20 points and 5 rebounds as well. Malik Monk is turning out to be the big draw for the Lakers as he continues his impressive scoring run. He put up 22 points and 2 blocks while Melo added 14 points off the bench.

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For the Wolves, both their top scorers, Anthony Edwards and Malik Beasley, struggled to get things going. However, it was a great team effort on their part to cut the game this close. With this win, the confidence for the Lakers is surely up as they take on the Sacramento Kings next. Do you think the purple and gold can make it three for three? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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