LOS ANGELES -- Lou Williams scored 27 points, Nick Young hit five 3-pointers and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped their five-game losing streak with a 108-96 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.
The Lakers even did it without D'Angelo Russell, who left after slipping on their second possession of the game, mildly spraining a ligament in his right knee and straining his right calf.
Russell underwent an MRI on Saturday that confirmed the injuries. He will be re-evaluated in one week.
The No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 draft, Russell went down awkwardly after apparently stepping on teammate Julius Randle's foot early in the first quarter of Friday's 108-96 win over the Indiana Pacers.
Russell remained down, clutching his right knee, while being surrounded by teammates and the Lakers' head athletic trainer. He left the game with 10:48 remaining in the first quarter and walked to the bench under his own power. He then went to the Lakers' locker room, where he received further examination.
Russell said afterward that he experienced "just a little pain" and that he felt he would be all right.
"I don't think it's as bad as I initially thought," coach Luke Walton said after Friday's game. "I saw him go down and I was pretty worried for him, but he said he feels all right when I checked on him at halftime. I'll get more of an update tonight and then even more so tomorrow."
Russell is averaging 14.3 points, 4.4 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game but had recorded only a turnover when he exited against the Pacers.
In late November and part of December, Russell missed 12 games -- including 11 straight -- with what the Lakers said was a sore left knee.
LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. has been cleared to practice and to play in limited minutes Sunday at Dallas after missing the past 16 games with a bone bruise in his left knee.
Nance suffered the injury Dec. 20 at Charlotte and has been sidelined ever since.
The second-year forward out of Wyoming has been a key reserve for the Lakers, averaging 7.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in 22.4 minutes over 28 games. He's shooting 58.4 percent from the field and has recorded a pair of double-doubles.
Nance's status update came after he was examined prior to the Lakers' Friday tilt against the Indiana Pacers by team physician Dr. David McAllister of UCLA Health.
Lakers forward Luol Deng missed his second straight game with a sprained right wrist but told reporters before Friday's game that an MRI on his wrist came back negative and that he hoped to practice Saturday and play Sunday at Dallas.
ESPN's Jovan Buha contributed to this report.
Lakers' Larry Nance Jr. nears return after missing a month because of knee injury: The Lakers ruled out Larry Nance Jr. for Friday’s game against the Indiana Pacers, but he is nearing his return to playing. Nance went through a full practice Thursday at the Toyota Sports Center and impressed Lakers Coach Luke Walton. “Yesterday they left out the last thing, more physical drills,” Nance said Thursday. -- Los Angeles Times
Brandon Ingram credits improved shooting to consistent work habits: Brandon Ingram has identified the problem, and he’s addressing it. Battling shooting slumps throughout his rookie season, the 19-year-old forward added extra shooting sessions before practice and before games with assistant coach Brian Keefe. Ingram also makes late-night visits to the Lakers’ practice facility. During those sessions, the Lakers coaching staff repeats a similar message. -- The Orange County Register
Julius Randle continues his growing pains on the court: Effort is rarely an issue for Julius Randle, the blue-collar forward who was the seventh pick in the 2014 draft, but consistency in decision-making, performance and production has been elusive. Randle endured more growing pains Tuesday in the Lakers’ 127-121 loss to Denver, making two of eight shots for seven points and committing five turnovers. -- Los Angeles Times
Lakers’ Luke Walton likes how D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle handled sitting late in Tuesday’s loss to Denver: The unspoken words told Lakers coach Luke Walton that Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell and Lakers forward Julius Randle would not sulk about sitting out in fourth-quarter stretches. Their effort in Wednesday’s practice showed Walton they will channel any frustration with diminished playing time productively on the court. “There was also a nice feistiness to practice with guys getting after it,” Walton said. -- Los Angeles Daily News