His seventh for the night brought the team within one point with 1.06 remaining but his potentially game winning three-pointer in the final seconds was off target.
A league source said "James did LeBron a solid" by buying out Chandler's Suns' contract less than a month into the season so he could join the Lakers, according to ESPN.
We've seen this out of James countless times throughout his career and now we're seeing it again early on in Los Angeles.
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.
James added 10 rebounds and nine assists, just missing out on his second triple-double as a member of the Lakers.
Michiana to join nationwide protest after Sessions' forced resignation
The two people close to Whitaker also said they strongly believe he would not approve any request from special counsel Robert S. US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has endured more than a year of criticism from Donald Trump over the Mueller inquiry.
"It's been a insane 48 hours", Chandler said after the game.
"Having observed our roster for the first 10 games of this season, one of the areas that we desire to upgrade is interior defense and rebounding", said general manager Rob Pelinka.
While other key players Pascal Siakam had 21 points, Kyle Lowry 16 points and Serge Ibaka 14 points.
"Though the 36-year-old has seen his minutes and production decline after almost two decades in the National Basketball Association, he is still an explosive leaper who feasts on lobs".
Powered by their veteran backcourt, the Wolves got 31 points from Derrick Rose and 24 from Jimmy Butler. The Lakers will head into their game against the Kings with a 5-6 record. Coach Tom Thibodeau used the same starting lineup from Monday's loss to the Clippers. Hart hit four 3-pointers in the first half, and Kuzma hit a buzzer-beating 3 to limit Minnesota's lead to 67-65. To have him close out games, I know how special he is on both ends. We've been right there.
Lonzo Ball may not be on the floor for the Lakers on Saturday.