MINNEAPOLIS -- The Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves seemed to be two teams on similar paths; young rosters filled with high draft picks to develop with new coaches.While Minnesotas youth seemed to be further along and the Timberwolves were considered an upstart team to begin the season, Los Angeles has adapted the quickest with its new pieces gelling under coach Luke Walton.The two teams get their first chance at each other Sunday as each will play the second game of back-to-back situations.The Lakers (6-4) showed their growth again on Saturday night in New Orleans, cruising to a 126-99 victory against the Pelicans. Los Angeles has won five of its past six games.I think our guys love competing, Walton said. I think they feel more challenged in the second half to go get it done. Its almost as if when the game starts, you know we have 48 minutes to get it done. Obviously, we dont want that ... but its a process.Under coach Tom Thibodeau, Minnesota has struggled to open the season, especially on the defensive end. The Timberwolves (2-6) lost at home to the league-leading Los Angeles Clippers 119-105 on Saturday night, giving up 21 fast-break points to Los Angeles and allowing the Clippers to shoot 52.6 percent from the field and make 11 of 24 3-pointers.Right now were not consistent enough, Thibodeau said. We have to build the right habits. Defensively its hard to win when you give up 119 points.Defensive improvement was expected under Thibodeau for a team that has long struggled to stop opponents. The transition is proving to take time. Minnesota has allowed 119 points in two of its past three games. Opponents have scored more than 102 in all but one game.The Timberwolves did get point guard Ricky Rubio back in the lineup on Saturday after he missed five games with a sprained right elbow. Rubio had seven points, six rebounds and six assists in the loss.Im trying to find a rhythm, trying to find how to run the team too, Rubio said. First game back after a couple weeks, just get the rust off.Minnesotas talent has shined at times on the offensive end. The Timberwolves have two players averaging more than 20 points per game in forward Andrew Wiggins (23.8) and center Karl-Anthony Towns (22.1). Guard Zach LaVine was also above the mark before he was held to 15 points on 7 of 15 shooting on Saturday.Wiggins struggled against the Clippers league-best defense on Saturday. He scored 22 points but was constantly harassed and shot just 8 of 24.The Lakers had no trouble shooting Saturday against New Orleans, particularly from Los Angeles guards and bench.Jordan Clarkson scored 23 points and Williams added 21 for the Lakers, who entered the game leading the league with 48.8 points per game from their bench.Me and Lou are going to be real aggressive coming in. Were trying to do a good job of leading this second group, bringing the energy, scoring the ball, pushing the pace, Clarkson told the Associated Press. Coach gave that to us. Thats our role and thats what were going to do.Including starters DeAngelo Russell (22 points) and Nick Young (15), the Lakers backcourt accounted for 81 points on 31-of-51 shooting, including 15 of 25 from 3-point range.We got some great guards -- we got some killers, Russell said. Its up to us to go out there and maintain it and do it every game.Los Angeles rookie Brandon Ingram left Saturdays game with a sprained ankle but told the Associated Press he could have returned if the game was closer.Of course, these are two teams used to integrating high draft picks. Towns was picked No. 1 overall a year ago, one spot ahead of Russell. In 2014, Wiggins was the top pick by Cleveland before being traded to Minnesota. The Lakers took Julius Randle seventh overall.Ingram was this years second pick and the Timberwolves went with Kris Dunn at No. 5. Vans Old Skool Schweiz Kaufen . - The Washington Redskins have cut defensive lineman Adam Carriker and punter Sav Rocca. Discount Vans Old Skool Schweiz .H. -- Matt Kenseth made it 2 for 2 in the Chase, holding off teammate Kyle Busch to win Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. http://www.oldskoolonline.ch/ . The Dane followed up his first European Tour title last weekend with eight birdies and just a single dropped shot on Thursday for a one-stroke advantage over South Africas Allan Versfeld and Portugals Ricardo Santos. Old Skool Schuhe Schweiz . -- Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Alrdridge were again the go-to duo for the Trail Blazers against the Kings. Old Skool Schweiz Sale . It was the kind of score that might make everyone else wonder which course he was playing. Except that Graeme McDowell saw the whole thing. Crouched behind the 10th green at Sheshan International, McDowell looked over at the powerful American and said, "Ive probably seen 18 of the best drives Ive seen all year in the last two days. CLEVELAND -- When Jose Quintana pitches, the bats of the Chicago White Sox tend to go silent.The left-hander allowed two runs in six innings Tuesday night, but the Cleveland Indians beat the White Sox 3-1.It was the White Soxs seventh straight loss to the Indians, who lead the AL Central. Chicago has averaged 2.0 runs in Quintanas last 17 starts, scoring one or fewer runs 11 times.Thats the frustrating part, we didnt help him out again, White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. Jose goes out and does what he has to do to give us a chance, but we dont help him. Its tough watching it happen over and over.Quintana (9-9) -- a first-time All-Star -- ranks fourth in the AL with a 2.85 ERA. He struck out seven and scattered seven hits, holding Cleveland scoreless after the third inning.Francisco Lindor doubled home Jason Kipnis in the first, while Rajai Davis scored on a single by Mike Napoli in the third to put the Indians up 2-0.In the latter frame, Quintana caught Davis leaning off first base, but first baseman Jose Abreus throw to shortstop Tim Anderson was to the right side of the bag. Davis slid past and under him, then scored three batters later.They can run and thats what I tried to stop today, Quintana said. All my stuff worked good, especially the breaking ball. It was a tough game. Theyre a first-place team.Justin Morneau homered in the sixth off Indians starter Corey Kluber (13-8), pulling Chicago within 2-1. The White Sox failed to put a runner on base in the final three innings against relievers Andrew Miller and Cody Allen.Quintana lost for the first time in seven career outings in Cleveland, where he holds the lowest ERA in Progressive Field history at 1.20 over 52 1/3 innings.Quintana is good, hes really good, Indianss manager Terry Francona said.dddddddddddd He has enough on his fastball where he can get it by you and he cuts that ball in on the righties. His command is phenomenal.Morneau and Tyler Saladino had two hits each for Chicago, while rookie Anderson extended his hitting streak to nine games. Third baseman Todd Frazier struck out in all four of his plate appearances.Cleveland added an insurance run in the eighth when Matt Albers gave up an RBI single to Kipnis. The Indians have outscored the White Sox 37-13 during their current win streak in the series.SUSTAINED SLUMPAlbers made 30 straight scoreless appearances from Aug. 5, 2015 to April 25, 2016, but has struggled this summer. The right-hander is 0-1 with a 6.92 ERA over his last 11 outings. As a reliever, when things dont go well, its magnified a hundred times, Ventura said. Matts had a rough go, but I think hes bouncing back.TRAINERS ROOMWhite Sox: 2B Brett Lawrie (left hamstring strain) is 5 for 12 through three games of his rehab assignment at Double-A Birmingham. Ventura said he could be activated as soon as Thursday.Indians: OF Michael Brantley (right shoulder) is expected to be ready for baseball activities when spring training begins. He underwent surgery to repair right biceps tendinitis Monday.UP NEXTWhite Sox: RHP Anthony Ranaudo will be recalled from Triple-A Charlotte to start the second game of the series, replacing RHP Carson Fulmer, who was optioned to Charlotte.Indians: RHP Carlos Carrasco posted a no-decision in his lone outing against the White Sox this season, allowing two runs in 7 1/3 innings on June 19 at Progressive Field. ' ' '