Lakers and National Basketball Association reporter for ESPN.
It was following a rare victory amid the Lakers' ugly start to the regular season that LeBron James said, "This is a wins league".
The Orlando Magic (9-10) beat the visiting Lakers 130-117 on November 17 to end their season-long four-game winning streak.
While James's excellence ensures highlight reel plays, Gordon has the freakish athletic ability to go head to head with "The King" in terms of show-stopping dunks, rather than their all-round games. This shouldn't be a newsflash. It proved to be the game-winner (although the Magic scored again). James will execute how he sees fit. It makes him a very dynamic player and it makes us even better. "I believe they can grow each other's game because it's very, very rare to have guys that type of body type where their game is very, very similar".
After starting the season 2-5, the Lakers have gone 8-2 in their last 10 games.
"So even if we're winning games, we're not going to slack off on the coaching of making the right pass and the extra pass, and I truly believe we'll become that type of team".
"We had a strong defensive effort", Kyle Kuzma said. "Absolutely, we'll live with those". With that said, it's a good strategy for Ball to limit his outside shots and use his size to penetrate and finish inside. "We'll take that, that's not why we lost the game because we missed those".
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. James then blocked a shot by Alec Burks in the final seconds as Los Angeles held on to snap its seven-game skid against Utah.
No Donovan Mitchell for much of the game and a healthy dose of LeBron James spelled doom for the Utah Jazz, as the Jazz dropped their third straight game on Friday at the Staples Center to the Los Angeles Lakers, 90-83.
"Some of them are the result of being too unselfish, including myself", James told reporters of the turnovers. Ball and Ingram are likely the Lakers' two best perimeter defenders, further upping the importance of them defensively. "We'll continue to harp on that".
That's the real outcome of Sunday's game. With the loss, the Jazz falls to 8-11 on the year. It happens to young teams.
Brandon Ingram scored 24 points while the Lakers struggled in their first game back from an Eastern Conference road trip, but still persevered to earn the final win in this franchise's first 7-1 stretch since the last eight games of the 2012-13 season. Their play was also a big reason Lonzo Ball never saw the floor in the fourth quarter.
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