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

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

Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson (6) goes up for a shot after getting past Dallas Mavericks forward Dwight Powell (7) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, in Dallas.

Electing to relieve the head coach of his job would also be a crippling PR hit that would give the appearance that LaVar Ball runs the show. But until a move comes from the top, Los Angeles will be stuck in an awkward limbo that it only can blame on itself. However, Ball seems to have succeeded in calling the Lakers in a bluff, as they too have been silent to respond like we thought they would.

The Lakers had competitive energy early in the game, ending the first quarter with a 20-15 advantage.

I usually stay away from discussing what-if trade scenarios, but it's tough to ignore the noise around this Lakers team, A name that's been mentioned in trade talks since the offseason is fourth-year forward Julius Randle.

For the first time since November 21 against the Chicago Bulls, the Lakers collected a home win, 132-113. Coaches outside Los Angeles took aim at ESPN. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. The Lakers called a timeout but couldn't get off a clean shot before the buzzer. The owner has been supportive of the coach and used the same hashtag prior to the comments from Ball's father and the media frenzy that followed, but this was the first public support displayed by the Lakers' organization's decision-makers since Walton's future on the bench had become a national story line. "But I think I totally get conceptually where Magic was coming from and the style of play that Luke [Walton] is promoting, the fast-paced game".

DALLAS - The Lakers bounced back from blowing a five-point lead in the final 90 seconds of regulation to beat the Dallas Mavericks 107-101 in overtime and win their fourth straight game.

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In the first regular-season battle of the Lakers' No. 2 overall pick Ball and No. 9 pick Smith, Smith posted better offensive numbers though Ball's all-around game arguably was better.

Kuzma added: "Luke is my guy". For the Lakers, Brandon Ingram led the way with 26 points, shooting 52.4 percent while Lonzo Ball had 18 points on 63.6 percent shooting.

It was a nip-and-tuck performance by the Lakers (15-27).

Kevin Durant hit a 19-foot jumper with 21.3 seconds remaining, allowing visiting Golden State to hold off Toronto after almost blowing all of a 27-point halftime lead. The Lakers led by 19 midway through the period, but the Spurs managed to narrow the gap to just six.

After Randle almost turned it over, Ball picked up the basketball and forced up a desperation shot that was well short.


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