Brandon Ingram shows ability to be leading scorer

Brandon Ingram shows ability to be leading scorer

Brandon Ingram shows ability to be leading scorer

Nikola Vucevic had 31 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists and Terrence Ross made a go-ahead lay-up with 34 seconds left to help the Orlando Magic beat the Los Angeles Lakers 108-104 on Sunday.

In the absence of a consistent, legitimate No. 2 option, the Lakers are forced to try to win by committee. McGee and New Orleans C Anthony Davis are the only players in the National Basketball Association with at least five blocks in four games this season.

L.A. was outscored 67-42 in those two quarters as the Lakers' 12-point first quarter lead swung to a 16-point hole with a minute left in the third quarter. Kyle Kuzma scored 21 points and Brandon Ingram added 17.

Ingram's campaign was interrupted by a four-game suspension levied against him for his part in the ugly Rockets-Lakers brawl in the season's opening week. The Magic now have four victories in their past six games. This was disappointing to many fans who expected him to emerge as a star this year. But as has happened far too often this season, he disappeared after the first quarter and had only 8 more points, 1 rebound and 1 assist the rest of the way. Ball has raised his field goal percentage and 3-point percentage, and James said after a win over the Jazz on Friday that Ball is starting to realize "how good he is" with the ball in his hands.

"It was everything", Luke Walton said.

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The Lakers have creeped up in the Western Conference standings ever since signing Tyson Chandler as they are now in the post season picture and the Nuggets are doing their best to stay afloat in the top five of the competitive conference.

"Every single game is kind of different so I'm just going off of learning experiences, trying to see what each game has to offer where I can attack and each spot". According to ESPN Stats & Information research, the last time the Lakers led by double-digits after the first quarter and lost was February 11, 2014, against the Jazz - a game that turned into a 96-79 drubbing.

Caldwell-Pope started the season poorly but improved earlier this month and has been getting plenty of minutes that past 10 games.

On the positive side, he played generally strong defense and did have 5 steals against Orlando.

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.

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