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Ingram, Ball lead Lakers to 107-97 win over Mavericks

Ingram, Ball lead Lakers to 107-97 win over Mavericks

Los Angeles signed James to a four-year, $153.3 million contract this summer.

The loss was bad enough, but with LeBron James out for the sixth straight game, two of the Lakers most important players turned in perhaps their worst performances of the season. "He got hit somewhere in the game, something happened during the game". Ball-movement, a major point of emphasis for Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle entering the season, was non-existent during long stretches of Monday's second half. You don't want anyone to get hurt. However, when healthy, the Lakers have played well this season. It's gonna be a challenge, but our guys should be excited for that.

"I think I led the team in assists with three", he added of Dallas' paltry total.

No time to waste. With the king, the Lakers were 20-14.

It is glaringly obvious that the Lakers have failed to meet the hefty demands of winning in the National Basketball Association ever since LeBron James and Rajon Rondo ditched their uniforms for street clothes due to injuries.

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Dallas wrapped up its four-game road trip with back-to-back losses after a 106-100 setback at Philadelphia on Saturday. The team has dropped to 8th place in the Western Conference standings, and the Utah Jazz is now just one game back. While there's still no indication that the veteran guard will be returning anytime soon, the Lakers would still like him to be at full strength. Since then, wins have been few and far between as the Lakers haven't been able to adapt to life without their biggest star.

A report from OnSmash.com last night suggested that the groin injury had actually transformed into a Sports hernia injury and would need at least another month of treatment before LeBron could get back onto the court. "There's a tendency for it to "stick" with us and we've gotta get away from it. It's been frustrating, no doubt about it".

The Lakers are 1-3 without James in their lineup.

The Mavericks are putting up 110.2 points per game on offense this year while giving up 109.7 per game on defense. The under is 7-3 in Lakers last 10 overall.

The MVP race was not decided Wednesday (not that it was ever going to be), but the Bucks made a "you better take us seriously" statement on national television. Harden got his points, but he also had 9 turnovers to 6 assists, plus after Harden led the charge to get a 15-point Buck lead down to three late, Harden went 0-of-4 in the clutch.


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