Nearly three weeks ago, Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul got into each other's face following Brandon Ingram's temper tantrum about being called for a foul.
Head coach Luke Walton has found it hard to integrate the NBA's best player amid a roster equal in both adolescence and dogged experience.
Chandler will provide needed frontcourt depth for the Lakers, who have relied on JaVale McGee and undersized forwards to guard big men during their 4-6 start to the season. But he had to settle for 24 points, 9 assists and 10 rebounds.
The Lakers first take on the Thunder on January 3 next year, and the Oklahoma franchise now sit six places above them in the competitive Western Conference. But his team found the stops necessary down the stretch and managed to pull off a fighting win.
The Timberwolves, who entered 19th in the National Basketball Association in 3-pointers made at 10.3 per game, went 20-for-40 from beyond the arc.
In two of his last three games, Lonzo Ball has scored 12 points, shooting 66 percent against Dallas and 71 percent against Toronto.
Butler, who requested a trade during the offseason, acknowledged it's still early but said the team can't use that as an excuse for how they have been playing. "And get a dub". "We got him out of the end of practice".
Asked what it is like to play alongside James, he said: "I can't describe it, it's fantastic. I just want to take pressure off him".
While other key players Pascal Siakam had 21 points, Kyle Lowry 16 points and Serge Ibaka 14 points. James knows how to help facilitate and construct a roster worthy of making deep playoff runs, as evidenced by the past eight seasons.