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Kyle Kuzma was out on the floor in the crucial final minutes on Tuesday night when his teammates made the extra pass and found him at the 3-point line. Both times, he never hesitated to take the shots that splashed through the net and pushed the Lakers to a 123-115 over the Phoenix Suns.
Daniel Oturu's big night - 24 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks - wasn't enough for the Gophers, who dropped their second consecutive road game with Utah up next on Friday night.
A tired Arizona Coyotes team showed what you can do on little sleep.
Isaiah Ihnen was ranked as a top-100 recruit when he picked Minnesota over Texas Christian and Tennessee, but Gophers fans will have to wait longer than they expected to see him play.
Bogdan Bogdanovic had 25 points and 10 assists, Nemanja Bjelica added 19 points and 12 rebounds and the Sacramento Kings won in their first game since losing leading scorer De'Aaron Fox to an ankle injury, beating the slumping Portland Trail Blazers 107-99 on Tuesday night.