InLukeWeTrust: Lakers owner Jeannie Buss, Magic Johnson back Luke Walton as coach

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With his team leading 104-101, Randle grabbed a rebound on Lonzo Ball's missed jump shot and scored on the rebound with 18.3 seconds remaining, giving the Lakers a five-point lead they needed to extend a season-best four-game win streak. "We just weren't able to stop them". Josh Hart and Corey Brewer could see more run if Ingram's sidelined for a game or two. Averaging less than 10 points led to some questioning the lanky forward, but as the current season has proved, it was only a matter of time.

With Randle in the starting lineup, the Lakers may no longer be vying for the title of best bench in the National Basketball Association, but the potential improvement to the starting lineup appears to offer a far greater reward than the alternative.

"That was a pathetic performance by our team, and a lot of the reason for it was the way the Lakers played", San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. A groin injury would sideline Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard was also out because of a left shoulder strain. A third trip in four years this season was all but a given for many in Arkansas last month while the school dominated much of its non-conference schedule. A dunk by Nance ended a run of 17 straight Lakers points to make it 29-15 early in the second quarter, and Ball knocked down a 3-pointer to make it a 19-point margin. Despite LaVar Ball's claims that nobody wants to play for Luke Walton, the Lakers have won three straight games, including last night's victory against the San Antonio Spurs, since those comments were made. "It's just another fan in the peanut gallery with an opinion, which is meaningless".

Leonard said he suffered the injury when he got hit with an elbow by one of the Phoenix Suns' big men in a game January 5 at the AT&T Center.

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Worse was Lonzo's response - "I can play for anyone" - or was it just low-key Lonzo being Lonzo? "I've got my little man here, got my wife here, my family".

I knew Joe from Philadelphia, where I covered him as a young player. I like the direction that they are going. "Because we're not going to get for you talent-wise what we would want, so let's figure this thing out.' And we did". The Lakers would tie it back up thanks to a three-pointer from Brandon Ingram.

The Spurs will look to rebound from this loss on Sunday when they face the Denver Nuggets back home at 7:30 p.m. CST.

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