"We have to be able to defend better to win", Utah coach Quin Snyder told reporters following a 119-110 loss to the visiting Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.
After a 7-3 run, ending with a heart-breaking loss at the buzzer to the Toronto Raptors, the Orlando Magic are looking to regain some consistency through a tough five-game road trip and gain a foothold in the upper-tier of the Eastern Conference.
LeBron James also collected 22 points, 10 boards and 7 assists as the Lakers sustained their hot streak and rolled to their seventh win in 8 games. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope chipped in with 13 points as he continued to feel more comfortable coming off the bench. He finished with 4 points and rebounds.
James had 24 points and seven assists for the Lakers, who had won three straight games and six of their past seven.
Magic Johnson said before the start of the season that Ball needed to learn how to attack the paint and make defenses respect him as a scorer, and while his scoring numbers are down from 2017, Ball may be starting to turn the corner as a more efficient scorer.
Still, James is arguably the best decision maker ever with the ball in his hands so he still requires handling the majority of the offense.
The Lakers won another ugly game a few nights later against a struggling Jazz team that lost star Donovan Mitchell in the first half and could not possibly have played any worse.
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That change in fortunes has been powered by LeBron James, who has mined a rich vein of form (averaging 29.2 points per game in November) to carry the Lakers up the standings.
So, it appears that Ingram knows that the Lakers have to move away from the ball better.
Even though it was just one game, this was an encouraging sign for Ingram moving forward this season.
Kuzma scored in single digits in three of the past four games prior to the contest with the Magic, and he was becoming more and more of an afterthought on the team. "Every game we come out with even more anger".
"We never really got in a rhythm shooting the ball", Lakers coach Luke Walton said.
A key matchup in this game figures to be in the middle between Lakers centers JaVale McGee and Tyson Chandler and Utah center Rudy Gobert. The good news is that the Lakers are still playing well despite the fact that they are still developing team chemistry.