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Brandon Ingram intercepts a Nuggets' pass and breaks away to the basket and throws down a powerful, one-handed dunk.
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Jordan Clarkson drives to the basket and passes the ball to Julius Randle, who rises up for a nice reverse layup while drawing a foul.

Jim Buss, Jeanie BussKevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesAccording to sources, Lakers co-owner Jeanie Buss has been soliciting opinions on the direction the franchise should take moving forward after three straight losing seasons.

Los Angeles Lakers co-owner Jeanie Buss met with Hall of Famer and former Lakers point guard Magic Johnson on Tuesday night, sources with knowledge of the meeting told ESPN.

The exact nature of the meeting was not immediately clear, but sources said Buss has been soliciting opinions on the direction the franchise should take moving forward, after three straight losing seasons and possibly a fourth, with the Lakers already having lost 30 games this season.

Buss, Johnson, Lakers executive Linda Rambis and Johnson's agent, Lon Rosen, were seen having dinner at a restaurant inside Staples Center before Tuesday's game against the Denver Nuggets, according to sources.

Johnson, currently an analyst for ESPN's NBA Countdown, holds an ownership stake in the Los Angeles Dodgers and has been a close friend of Buss' since he was drafted by the Lakers in 1979. Jeanie Buss worked for her father, the late Dr. Jerry Buss, at the Forum in Inglewood in those days.

Jim Buss, a co-owner and the Lakers' executive vice president of player personnel, has said publicly he would step down from his post if the team is not heading in the right direction by the end of this season.


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Lakers hope added practice time this week can address defensive deficiencies: As he has guided his young team with a reassuring touch and honest feedback, Lakers coach Luke Walton has instructed those players to adopt a consistent routine. That way, developing habits could soon lead toward instinctual behavior. If only Walton could provide the same consistency with the Lakers’ practice itinerary. No NBA team ever faces the same amount of off-days and practice time with an 82-game schedule that includes fluctuating travel and games on back-to-back days. -- The Orange County Register

Lakers reluctant to play the 'youth' card as season goes on and losses pile up: What Lou Williams said Sunday night after the Lakers’ 30th loss of the season wasn’t new to the rhetoric coming from within his team. The veteran guard was asked if the callow Lakers can make the improvements they need to make now, or if a growing-up process must be completed first. “It definitely can improve right now,” Williams said. -- Los Angeles Times

From bad to worse beats

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Scott Van Pelt and Stanford Steve recap bad beats from the NBA and college hoops, including the Lakers' matchup against the Pistons and a bonus bad beat from Nevada-New Mexico.

Lakers' Ivica Zubac is effective as well as a ‘bit tired’: Unlike the last two Lakers games in which he played, Ivica Zubac got meaningful minutes with the Lakers on Sunday. That was part of a plan. “We’ve been talking as a staff to try and find some way to get Zu some minutes,” Lakers Coach Luke Walton said. -- Los Angeles Times

Lakers battle to the end but fall to the Pistons, 102-97: Something clicked for D’Angelo Russell offensively Sunday, but as the rest of the starting group struggled to contribute, Russell’s impact didn’t lead to a win. After two consecutive blowout losses, the Lakers were more competitive. Still, they fell to the Detroit Pistons, 102-97, at Staples Center. -- Los Angeles Times

Lakers show more inconsistency in 102-97 loss to Pistons: The debilitating losses in recent days did not just expose the Lakers’ inferiority against the NBA’s elite. It also sapped the joy out of a season centered more on if the Lakers’ progress than the end result. So the Lakers spent their 102-97 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Sunday at Staples Center offering another trend that has plagued their season. They cannot close games out consistently. They cannot sustain their effort, either. -- The Orange County Register

Lakers' Ivica Zubac absorbing plenty of trash talk from D-League players: With a stoic expression on his face, Lakers rookie center Ivica Zubac sat by his locker. He expressed what his body language suggested he felt. “I’m tired,” Zubac said before the Lakers played the Detroit Pistons on Sunday at Staples Center. In an experience he called “exhausting,” Zubac appeared for three minutes in the final moments of Saturday’s loss to the Clippers before playing that evening for the Lakers’ Development League affiliate. -- The Orange County Register

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LOS ANGELES -- Tobias Harris scored 23 points and hit a decisive 3-pointer with 30.5 seconds to play, and the Detroit Pistons snapped a three-game losing streak with a 102-97 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.

Marcus Morris scored 23 points and Andre Drummond had 15 points and 17 rebounds for the Pistons. They wrapped up their longest trip of the season by beating the Lakers at Staples Center for the first time in seven tries since Nov. 14, 2008.

Detroit barely hung on down the stretch of a back-and-forth game with the Lakers, who lost their fourth straight despite 26 points from Lou Williams.

D'Angelo Russell added 20 points for the Lakers. They have lost 20 of 25 since their 10-10 start to coach Luke Walton's first season.


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At the end of the third quarter, Pistons guard Ish Smith quickly drives downcourt, puts up a jump shot and drains it before time expires.
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With time running out in the second quarter, Andre Drummond intercepts the Lakers' inbounds pass, quickly throws up a shot from beyond half court and drains it before the buzzer goes off.
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Andre Drummond has quick hands on the defensive end and throws down the dunk in transition, plus the foul, in the second quarter against the Lakers.
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With time running out in the first quarter, Pistons guard Ish Smith quickly dribbles downcourt and then passes the ball to forward Tobias Harris, who quickly throws down a two-handed jam before the buzzer goes off.
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Julius Randle fights through a tough defense toward the basket and throws down a powerful two-handed slam dunk.

Fans boo Chargers' logo, Jeff Cumberland at Lakers-Clippers game

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LOS ANGELES -- The Chargers' first public presentation in their new city didn't go over so well Saturday.

During Saturday's game against the Lakers, the Clippers showed the new Los Angeles Chargers logo on the video screen, and the Staples Center crowd promptly booed.

After a few seconds, the screen cut to Chargers tight end Jeff Cumberland, who briefly waved but was also booed.

Chargers CEO and president Dean Spanos announced Thursday that the team would move to Los Angeles after 56 seasons in San Diego. The team will play home games the next two seasons at the 30,000-seat StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Spanos, his wife, Susie, and two sons, John and AG, were in attendance at Saturday's NBA game. Dean Spanos said he had received a warm reception in Los Angeles.

"It really is great to be here," Spanos told Fox Sports Prime Ticket during an in-game interview. "Everybody's been so nice in welcoming me, my family, the Chargers. We're really looking forward to this season."

Following a 113-97 victory over the Lakers, Clippers coach Doc Rivers was asked if he had any advice for the Chargers as they deal with a polarizing reception in Los Angeles, which welcomed back the Rams last year. 


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Chris Paul records 20 points and 13 assists while DeAndre Jordan adds 24 points and 21 rebounds in the Clippers' 113-97 win over the Lakers.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Louis Williams
PTS AST STL MIN
17.6 3.0 1.1 24.1
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Randle 8.7
AssistsD. Russell 4.6
StealsD. Russell 1.3
BlocksL. Nance Jr. 0.6