LOS ANGELES – A humming went through the Staples Center, just beyond the mere sight of an injured LeBron James entering the arena a few minutes after the start of the game, but in the end Los Angeles Lakers fans boasted about the best clutch performance by Brandon Ingram of the season.
On Jakob's 34th birthday, the Lakers won their first game in three attempts without the injured James and Rajon Rondo with a 121-114 win over the Sacramento Kings. And the foursome of the young Lakers from Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart showed what they can do without James, whose teams had lost 13 games in a row when he was not in the lineup, and dated until 16 March 2016, when the Cavaliers beat the Mavericks.
"Only that we can do more as a young core and as a team," Kuzma said when asked what he had learned during this short distance without James and Rondo. "We're not just a player, we just have to fix little mistakes and we could have won all three games [without them]it's just getting better and better for us, and when those guys come back, we hit the ground."
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Of course, Kuzma agreed with the locker rooms Hart and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope that the Lakers James (groin) and Rondo miss (finger surgery). Both veterans are expected to miss a few more games. However, this victory was another indication of the potential of the young core of the Lakers. All of the Lakers' prospects at times had difficulty getting used to James and a new cast of veterans, with Ingram's acting often at the center.
But while James continued watching, Ingram had his best fourth quarter of the season. The third-year striker, who was the first ball handler to hit the ball all the way and sat the last 5 minutes and 24 seconds, scored seven points in the final 3:32 points to help the Lakers win a 110-103 Deficit and deficit deficit The 3-pointer with 2:13 left scored a 110-110 draw and brought the Lakers to a close.
Ingram finished 21 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and two blocks as he shot 9:13 out of the field. According to the ESPN Stats & Information Investigations, the seven points in Ingram's coupling time on Sunday match the entire season in the coupling season. "I think it's the most comfortable I've felt with confidence," said Ingram. "Only I play the game the right way, look for guys and see guys."
On Thursday, against the Kings in Sacramento, Ingram missed a free throw 4.6 seconds before the end and allowed the kings to steal a game they had left behind -89 with 6:44 left. Bogdan Bogdanovic struck last week with a 3-pointer that brought the Kings to a 117-116 win.
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But this time around, the Lakers came back with up to 11 points during the game. Kuzma also flourished as a playmaker with 18 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Caldwell-Pope hit five 3-pointers and scored 26 points, and Hart added 22 points and seven rebounds. Perhaps the best gift Ingram and Kuzma gave to James was how they showed signs of how to learn a well-rounded game and set up teammates, as James did.
"We always show every game in tight situations that we are there," said Ingram. "… Every night there is additional emphasis on getting down on the ground and getting the best shot for our team, and I do not think we're always doing that [because] of course we want to score the basketball."
] "But I think it was definitely the best way to play tonight."