Double-doubles by Randle, Ball push Lakers past Kings 99-86


"I think he'd been playing long enough that I think everybody knows what his game is, but he's a wonderful human being", Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.

However, Kerr and other National Basketball Association coaches were recently prompted to speak up against Ball's recent tirades that were aimed at L.A. Lakers head coach Luke Walton.

Los Angeles opened an 84-74 lead going into the fourth quarter, closing the third on a 22-10 run.

"It is important for us to let that stay out of the locker room", said of LaVar Ball's comments. They had a 35-8 edge on the break this time, and Ball's 11 assists were his most since the rookie sustained a shoulder injury that sidelined him for six games.

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. "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. It's something that he and the Lakers will look to build upon in this upcoming three-game road trip with eyes toward extending their three-game win streak. "I don't know what it was, but it was about time we got out of that rut".

Lakers: They made an early 25-3 run on the way to a 37-18 lead.

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Ingram scored 18 first-half points and Ball added 11 as the Lakers took a 49-38 advantage into halftime.

On a positive note, Danny Green (tightness, left groin) has been upgraded to questionable after missing the last four games.

The Lakers have still failed to cover the spread in seven of their last 10 games, according to the OddsShark NBA Database, and they have nowhere near the same kind of experience because they are so young. He responded with a calculated takedown of LaVar in which he referred to the Ball family patriarch as "just another fan in the peanut gallery" and said his opinion is "meaningless". "I was very candid with him", Popovich said. You get me a talent like Kevin Durant, and I'll drive you to the airport. "But to say, 'Every night we want you to come out and take 21 shots, ' no, that's not what we're looking for, but there will definitely be nights when that happens".

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers look to have recovered from their nine-game absence as they'll be gunning for a third straight win after taking down the Kings by 99-86 on Tuesday.

Spurs: Return home to face the Denver Nuggets on Saturday.