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

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

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

The Los Angeles Lakers are on a winning streak!

Still, the Lakers are expected to clear as much salary cap space as possible for the 2018 offseason, so they may have to consider trading Nance.

"That's kind of our best basketball at this point right now, getting out in transition", said Brandon Ingram, who had 15 points and five rebounds.

Although the Kings erased an 18-point first-quarter deficit and took the lead in the second quarter, the Lakers had fresher legs throughout the second half and ultimately ran past a team that was on the second night of a back-to-back. It also made him put him alongside LeBron James and James Harden as the only player to post 11 assists, 11 rebound & five steals in a game this season while joining Chris Paul and John Wall to do so before his 21st birthday. But as coach Luke Walton began subbing out his starters, the Lakers' lead began to dwindle.

It was a game of runs tonight. Sacramento shot a season-worst 34.5 per cent from the field (30 of 87). The Lakers opened a big one up in the first quarter, going on a 19-0 run. Nance is now averaging 8.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.4 steals in under 22 minutes, and he's shooting 59.3 percent from the field (career-high) and 62.7 percent from the free-throw line.


But the second unit let Sacramento right back into the game, and the Lakers were only up 31-27 at the end of the quarter.

Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 19 points off the bench for the Kings, who have lost five of six.

This game features a matchup of exciting young point guards in Ball and Sacramento's De'Aaron Fox, who famously met in an NCAA Tournament game a year ago when was Fox was with Kentucky and Ball with UCLA.

In the win, the Lakers showed how dangerously explosive they can be when their fleet of young players gets out in transition.

It's a move that's been speculated and discussed heavily throughout the season, with many analysts and fans believing a lot of the Lakers problems on the court have stemmed from off-court issues.

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