LOS ANGELES (AP) – Newcomer Kyle Kuzma did not shy away from what he expected from the Los Angeles Lakers in their last eight games.
"Win all," Kuzma said.
With Brandon Ingram back in the mix and a swelling Julius Randle, it's not an unreasonable goal.
Brook Lopez scored 22 points, Randle added 20 points and 10 rebounds, and the Lakers beat the Dallas Mavericks 103-93 on Wednesday night.
Ingram had 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists in 23 minutes after losing 12 games with a groin strain.
Kuzma scored ten of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and helped the Lakers to a second win in three games after four consecutive defeats.
"That's the biggest, keep building and pushing the envelope and really trying to rebuild this winning culture," Kuzma said. "We've won a lot of games this year that probably would not have won in previous years, we just want to keep pushing."
It was Randle's ninth consecutive game of at least 20 points and nine rebounds, which caused much of his damage in the 1
Los Angeles had an 82-81 lead after the third, and this momentum was transferred to the fourth. Lakers coach Luke Walton made a comeback to his bank in their first home game after a four-game road trip.
"You have to find the fire, the energy and the cohesion again," Walton said. "We just did not have it until the second unit came in and she really started picking it up."
Ingram finished his first game since March 1st at the Point Guard, after Lonzo Ball late in the third with a left knee bruise he left while in contact with a Dallas player who had set a video.
Ball, who had eight points, five rebounds, and four assists, was presumably undergoing an MRI, but Walton did not believe the injury was serious. Ball missed 16 games in January and February due to pain in the same knee.
Harrison Barnes scored 17 points for the Mavericks, who lost seven of their last nine. Dennis Smith Jr. had 14 points and eight assists, and Dirk Nowitzki jumped with 13 points and seven rebounds.
Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle chose to sit these three on the track and instead rookies Maxi Kleber, Kyle Collinsworth and Jalen Jones heavy minutes in the fourth.
"Every young player has to experience that," said Nowitzki.
Mavericks: Yogi Ferrell finished 12 points off the bench. … The Mavericks had a 17: 7 advantage in point sales.
Lakers: Rookie F Josh Hart, who missed 14 games due to a broken finger on his left hand, could return Friday. Walton said that Hart wanted to play against the Mavericks, but was not medically clarified.
THOMAS SET FOR SURGERY
Lakers G Isaiah Thomas will have an arthroscopic surgery on his right hip on Thursday, ending his chaotic season.
Thomas was sold from Boston to Cleveland in August and delivered to the Lakers in February by the Cavaliers. Due to his hip injury he was limited to 32 games. On average, he was 15.2 points and 4.8 assists. He will be a freelance agent this summer.
"He's a damn good player, a great teammate," Walton said. "He's had a lot of fun coaching, so we'll miss him when he's recovering, but just like throughout the season, we had a lot of injuries and we have to get the team to fill the gap we have." have without him. "
Randle, who comes from Plano, Texas, scored an average of 21.8 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists in the four-game season against the Mavericks.
"I suppose he takes it personally or something against a team from Dallas," Carlisle said. "He made a quantum leap this year with his overall game."
Mavericks: Host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday.
Lakers: Host the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.