The Los Angeles Lakers started their five-game road trip with an overtime win over the Dallas Mavericks, rallying back in a 107-101 victory. Jordan Clarkson hit numerous daggers to keep the Lakers at pace, Julius Randle redeemed himself after a botched final possession in regulation, and the Lakers survived the absence of Brandon Ingram after he suffered an ankle injury.
A 15-3 run in the fourth quarter, featuring a ridiculous overhead pass from Lonzo Ball to Kyle Kuzma for a crafty finish, put the Lakers back in a game they let slip away from them after a well-played first quarter. Buckets went back-and-forth once the Lakers cooled off, and a turnover from Randle in the final seconds of the fourth quarter gave everyone free basketball Saturday afternoon.
Randle was key in getting the Lakers into rhythm early, scoring 10 points on five-of-six shooting in the first quarter. He finished with a team-high 23 points and game-high 15 rebounds, putting on a solid showing in front of his hometown, especially if you don’t look directly at the seven turnovers he had.
Kyle Kuzma and Clarkson did a great job providing offense following Ingram’s injury, combining for 37 points. Brandon’s injury is considered mild, so expect an update before the Lakers suit up for another early game on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Memphis.
The four-game winning streak — their longest of the season — feels great after their longest losing streak of the year. Facing the Grizzlies, with a chance to redeem one of those ugly losses, is a great opportunity for the purple and gold to jump on.