2018 ScheduleAll times ET

2018 Schedule
7-10, 2nd in Pacific

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

LaVar Ball reiterated there's no reason for him to thank President Trump in the case of his son, LiAngelo, and two other UCLA freshmen returning to the U.S. after being held in China for shoplifting. "You heard what he tweeted," Ball said of Trump during an interview on CNN. "He tweeted because he is mad at me [that] I should have left their asses in jail. First of all, they weren't in jail, they were in a hotel. How did they get into a hotel? Somebody had to do something. Did he do it? If he paid for the money to put up whatever we needed to do then I would say thank you. Did he do that?... He said he helped. How did he help? If he helped, I would say thank you... Do I think the president helped? I don't know. I don't care and I don't know." Ball did thank Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lakers are keeping tabs on free agent Mindaugas Kuzminskas. According to sources with knowledge of the team's thinking, the Lakers, in need of perimeter shooting, are doing their due diligence and met with the forward recently while they evaluate their wing depth.

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Does Lonzo need to show more fight? (2:32)
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Lonzo's up-and-down first month (0:49)
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Lakers, Butler iced, Embiid and Sixers, Isaiah

Cassidy Hubbarth, Chiney Ogwumike, Andrew Han and Ohm Youngmisuk talk about the Lakers (2:30), if the circus around Lonzo matches early LeBron (13:15), Jimmy Butler getting iced (23:50), Embiid shade investigation (29:40), Sixers (35:10) and Isaiah Thomas (49:05).

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Bountiful night for Ball

Lonzo Ball delivered the second triple-double of his career in just his 17th NBA game, leading the Lakers to a 127–109 victory over the Nuggets on Sunday with 11 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists. Per the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other Lakers player with two triple-doubles in his first 20 NBA games was Magic Johnson in 1979 (two in his first 12 games).

Marc J. Spears The Undefeated 

Former NBA player Metta World Peace will play under his former name, Ron Artest, with The Big 3 next season, the league says.

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Lonzo says second triple-double is better than first (0:36)
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Lakers rout Nuggets behind Lonzo's triple-double (0:59)
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Lonzo records second triple-double in rout of Nuggets (0:58)

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Lonzo Ball's second triple-double features a career-high on the glass. The rookie had 11 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists to go with two blocks. His rebounds are the most by a rookie in a game this season.

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Lonzo locks up triple-double with assist (0:17)
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Lonzo finishes off the alley-oop tip-in (0:24)
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Ball's block leads to Randle's layup (0:23)
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Caldwell-Pope tosses alley-oop to Ingram (0:22)
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Lonzo attacks the basket with a layup (0:16)
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Lonzo comes off screen and drills 3-pointer (0:27)

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Lonzo Ball nearly has his second career triple-double at the half with nine points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

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Lonzo grabs two offensive boards and scores in one sequence (0:25)
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Lonzo finishes the break with a crafty layup (0:16)

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Denver coach Mike Malone and center Nikola Jokic were just ejected from the game by official Rodney Mott with 6:20 left in second quarter. Jokic missed an offensive rebound tip and the center acted like he was pushed in the back by Kyle Kuzma. Malone immediately ran onto the court at Mott to scream at him as play went down court. Mott T'd up both Malone and Jokic and threw both out. And Mott later gave Jamal Murray a technical for arguing a foul less than a minute later.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Luke Walton says he talked to Lonzo Ball to let him know the team is behind him if he needs anything with yet another thing potentially for him to deal with after President Trump's tweet back to LaVar Ball concerning LiAngelo Ball. "He's got more on his plate than I can ever imagine anyone having especially at his age," the Lakers coach said. "It is our job to be here and let him know that we support him and believe in him. I don't know where it gets too much and how he reacts to it. I've made a point to talk to him and let him know whether or not he needs it that my belief and our team's belief in him is 100% there... To me it is all about the fact that we have three young college American students back at home. That is the most important thing. I am not really into the whole argument back and forth. I am just glad they are back home and able to be with their families and get an education."

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Randle's no-look pass sets up Kuzma's and-1 layup (0:17)

Team Stats

Points Per Game105.614th
Rebounds Per Game47.54th
Assists Per Game22.512th
Points Allowed107.522nd

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Team History

YEARWLPCT
2017-18710.412
2016-172656.317
2015-161765.207
2014-152161.256
2013-142755.329