Nov 11, 2013 at 2.30am UK at ​Staples Center
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Mike D'Antoni: 'We were punished for lack of intensity'

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni looks on during the game against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on October 22, 2013
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Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni criticises his team for their lack of intensity in the loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Mike D'Antoni has claimed that the Los Angeles Lakers were punished for defending with a lack of intensity in the loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Timberwolves scored 47 points in the first quarter on their way to a 113-90 victory at the Staples Center and D'Antoni was eager to point the finger at the defensive mistakes after the game.

"We came out soft," the Lakers coach told reporters. "They made some tough shots, but they did score 47 points. And I don't care what kind of shots they made.

"There just wasn't enough intensity into the defense, and we paid for it."

The Lakers had won the previous 22 games between the two teams before Sunday's defeat.

Minnesota Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman during the game against Los Angeles Lakers on February 28, 2013
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