Monday's Lakers News: Larry Nance Jr.: 'I'm feeling better every day'

Lakers finally get defensive and turn back the Magic, 111-95: Brandon Ingram strolled into the Lakers practice facility Saturday night, holding sneakers in one hand and dressed for a late-night workout on his own. Except when he walked in, he saw the practice court occupied. The Los Angeles D-Fenders and the Grand Rapids Drive, two NBA Development League teams, were then in the third quarter of a game. -- Los Angeles Times

Lakers' Larry Nance Jr. says his injured knee is improving: Whether his current predicament affects any potential invitation to the NBA dunk contest in February is the least of Larry Nance Jr.’s concerns. The only concern for the Lakers’ high-flying forward is healing from a bone bruise in his left knee that has sidelined him since Dec. 20. Most of his rehab has entailed strength work and low-impact activities. A few days ago he was able to start shooting again. -- Los Angeles Times

Lakers' D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle fuel 111-95 win over Magic: Along the perimeter stood D’Angelo Russell, who has enticed the Lakers with a court-vision few others can see. On nearly every spot on the court stood Julius Randle, who has impressed the Lakers with his ability to do almost everything. Put two signature pieces of the Lakers’ young core together, and the team offered more than just a 111-95 victory over the Orlando Magic on Sunday at Staples Center. -- The Orange County Register

Lakers' Larry Nance Jr. believes he can return before two-week timeline: The exchange seemed like the perfect pitch for Larry Nance Jr.’s next commercial as part of his recent endorsement deal with a protein drink company. Has it been a significant part in aiding Nance’s recovery from a bone bruise in his left knee? “Yes,” Nance deadpanned. “That's why I'm moving so fast.” -- The Orange County Register