Randle leads Lakers past Kings for second-straight win

Lonzo Ball Lakers lose Brandon Ingram beat Mavericks in OT 107-101

Lonzo Ball Lakers lose Brandon Ingram beat Mavericks in OT 107-101

Bryn Forbes also had one of his best games of the season with 18 points on 58.3 percent shooting.

Nearly 6,000 miles away from the Los Angeles Lakers' home, LaVar Ball riled up coaches, former players, an analysts when he all but called for the job of head coach Luke Walton.

The Lakers (14-27) appear to be midway through their fifth consecutive non-playoff season, but their entertaining style occasionally produces great moments, such as the dunk thrown down by Nance on a less-than-ideal pass from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

Veteran guard Tony Parker was out with an ankle injury, Rudy Gay did not play due to a sore right heel. After getting retaped, he returned to the game before being pulled from the contest.

Anyone expecting to see a more aggressive version of Ball after his efficient showing against the Spurs-18 points on the strength of four three-pointers-was left disappointed.

"That was a pathetic performance by our team", said Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. "Nobody wants to. But our bosses tell us we have to, because of the ratings, because of the readership.' Somewhere - I guess (LaVar) is in Lithuania - LaVar Ball is laughing at all of us", Kerr added. The 20-year old point guard says he can feel the waves coming in but Kuzma ain't buying it.

But, against the San Antonio Spurs' second-ranked defense, they were held to a much slower pace, scoring only 12 points on the break. Ball hit three 3-pointers and didn't miss a shot in the first half.

Forbes' minutes have been up in a recent five game stretch, average 26 minutes a game while scoring 10 points a night.

Give it the boot: Reserve forward Rudy Gay is out of the walking boot he has been wearing since being diagnosed with right heel bursitis December 29. "It's just another fan from the peanut gallery".

"Whenever anyone says anything about another individual or about the quality of another individual or what they're doing, I think the first thing to look at is the substance and gravitas of the source that speaks", Popovich said.

"It's nothing serious", Leonard said after the Spurs' 93-81 loss to the Lakers on Thursday night.

"He's starting to take advantage of his opportunities to play, and he's got good qualities", center Pau Gasol said.

"You want to know what people are saying behind the scenes?"

Lakers: Open a three-game road trip at the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday.

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