By BETH HARRIS – AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) – LeBron James scored 26 points, Malik Monk added 22 and the Los Angeles Lakers hung on to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-103 on Sunday night for the first time in three games this season.
A few streaks ended in the Lakers ‘opener of the new year: James’ streak of seven in a row with at least 30 points and Russell Westbrook’s streak of four consecutive triple doubles. Westbrook finished with 20 points, three rebounds, five assists and nine of the Lakers’ 28 turnovers.
“We did a good job of holding on, gutting it out,” said Westbrook, who had just one second-half turnover.
Naz Reid led the Wolves with a season-high 23 points, making 10 of 17 from the floor and 11 rebounds, the first 20 points and more than 10 rebounds of his career. Jaylen Nowell added 17 points off the bench.
The Lakers (19-19) climbed back to 0.500, with their 30-something veterans taking them to the fourth quarter. Carmelo Anthony has scored five in a row to help close a four-point deficit. Hanging on to a point lead in the dying minutes, Anthony hit a 3 point, was fouled and took the free throw. He finished with 14 points.
“He’s done a great job for us all year,” said Lakers coach Frank Vogel. “He brought great basketball integrity to our team, making sure the guys are playing the right way offensively. “