Chandler moves to the Lakers after playing in Phoenix for the past four seasons.
The 114-110 win brought their early season record to an nearly respectable 5-6 to stand 10th in the Western Conference, but it was not guaranteed until the final seconds of the game.
Powered by their veteran backcourt, the Wolves got 31 points from Derrick Rose and 24 from Jimmy Butler. Leonard, who missed the last two games with a sore ankle, also added 11 rebounds for the Raptors, who have won five straight since losing to Milwaukee on October 29.Pascal Siakam scored 21 points, Serge Ibaka had 14 points and 14 rebounds, and Kyle Lowry added 16 points and eight assists for the Raptors. But his team found the stops necessary down the stretch and managed to pull off a fighting win.
The Lakers didn't have a true backup center on their roster before they added Chandler and their defense struggled when starter JaVale McGee headed to the bench.
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The former Dallas Mavericks star made an impact by contributing nine rebounds in 23 minutes on the court and was delighted to open his Lakers account with a win.
Kuzma's fourth 3-pointer put the Lakers up 111-104 with 1:51 to play for their biggest lead of the night.
"We needed the help now", Walton said to ESPN's Dave McMenamin. "And get a dub".
"I've been on the other side and played the villain, now it's great to be on this side". To have him close out games, I know how special he is on both ends.
"The more pressure I can take off him, it will free him up to do all the special things he has been doing his entire career".
GettyLakers Head Coach Luke Walton is reportedly in hot water over the Lakers' slow start. His availability for Saturday's game against the Sacramento Kings is now unclear.