The Lakers beat Jimmy Butler and the Timberwolves 114-110 last night in LA.

James, who led the Lakers in scoring, almost ended up with a triple double, with the small forward dropping 24 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

Chandler made his Lakers debut against Minnesota, with the centre grabbing nine rebounds in 23 minutes.

And James hailed the 2012 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, claiming Chandler’s rebounding will help the Lakers shine in the Western Conference.

“The best thing about it when you add a veteran like that who’s experienced a lot, they pick up on things fast,” James said.

“For us to be able to get him and have that one-two punch with JaVale [McGee] and Tyson, it creates extra opportunities for us.

“The way [Derrick] Rose was shooting the ball towards the end we needed every last one of those rebounds.

“It allowed us to win the game.

“He was communicating to the young guys, telling them, ‘No matter what’s going on in the game, keep going, keep fighting’.

“I know that his legs and his wind isn’t where he would like it to be right now.

“We all had to pick it up for him but he gave us great minutes.”

Lakers head coach Luke Walton was also full of praise for Chandler, claiming their new centre has joined at the ideal time.

“We needed the help now,” he said.

“And I don’t know how that all works but give Rob [Pelinka] and Magic [Johnson] credit for recognising that and going out and getting that job done for our squad.”

The Lakers are now tenth in the Western Conference after their victory against the Timberwolves.

Walton’s men are now 5-6, with the Lakers facing the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.