Gibson's career game, Butler's late charge power Timberwolves rally past slumping Lakers
Taj Gibson slams home two of his career-high 28 points. AP

TAJ Gibson dropped a career-high 28 points while Jimmy Butler took over late as the Minnesota Timberwolves clawed back from a huge deficit early to stun the slumping Los Angeles Lakers, 119-111, on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).

On the same night the Timberwolves honored former coach Flip Saunders, Minnesota trailed by as much as 15 in the second quarter and still faced a 12-point deficit in the third before storming back in the final period behind Gibson and Butler.

Butler scored nine straight points for Minnesota midway through the fourth before feeding Gibson for the bucket and the bonus free throw to give the Timberwolves a 110-104 lead with over three minutes to play.

Butler, who finished with 24 points, also came up with two huge blocks on successive Laker shots with over a minute to play and forced a turnover on new Laker guard Isaiah Thomas to seal the largest comeback win of the Timberwolves this season.

Jeff Teague added 20 for the Timberwolves (36-25), who saw stars Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins struggle for a combined 18 points on 6-of-20 shooting. Jamal Crawford chipped in 15 off the bench.

Julius Randle led the Lakers (23-34), losers of three straight, with 23 points. Ivica Zubac fired 19 off the bench. Thomas was quiet with only seven markers on 3-of-15 shooting.

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