LeBron James On Lonzo Ball: He's Still Learning "How Great He Is"

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It would not surprise me at all if the Denver Nuggets pulled off a resounding win over the increasingly improving Lakers and for good reasons. "That one comes and goes".

The week ended with the a second loss to the Orlando Magic in the past eight days, this time at Staples Center.

Tobias Harris had 34 points and 11 rebounds, and Los Angeles beat Portland.

The 76ers trailed by double-digits for most of the game and were down by 13 with five minutes, 38 seconds remaining after a three-pointer by Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie. Two of his three games with at least 30 points this season have come against the Lakers. If that trend continues then the Lakers should be excited about their future time with Nikola Vucevic in the starting lineup, as he just spent an entire Sunday afternoon ripping them to shreds bringing to light the quality of play he's been putting on display all season, leading the Magic to a 10-10 record. The Lakers lost the first three games within that margin, but have won the past five.

The Lakers surged to a 12-point lead early in the game behind 13 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds from Kyle Kuzma in the first quarter alone. Meanwhile, the Lakers got enough offensive firepower from James and Ingram combining for 29 of the 52 points in the second half. The versatile center finished with 31 points and 15 rebounds in this game after having 36 points and 14 rebounds in the Magic's win over the Lakers in Orlando. The hope is that Ingram and the Lakers work through some of these bad habits during the regular season and they enter the playoffs playing their best basketball.

Even though it was just one game, this was an encouraging sign for Ingram moving forward this season. The Magic now have four victories in their past six games. It is understandable that they are scrutinized and picked apart more than other sequences in the game.

"We never really got in a rhythm shooting the ball", Lakers coach Luke Walton said.

He is hampered by an injured ankle, but whether that is the real problem or not, he is really struggling on both ends of the court and especially on defense, which is supposed to be his strong suit.

This may not have been in the manner that the Lakers had hoped to play coming off Thanksgiving, it was a win that showed that the team is continuing to grow in the right direction even not nights when things are not clicking.