Kuzma out of World Cup with ankle injury; US roster set
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — USA Basketball said Saturday that Kyle Kuzma of the Los Angeles Lakers has a left ankle injury that will keep him from playing in the FIBA World Cup.
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James, Caldwell-Pope shoot Lakers past Hornets, 129-115
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers wanted to move the ball on offense and contain Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker on defense.
They succeeded on both goals, completing an emphatic...
Lakers ride Kuzma’s hot 3rd to beat Kings 111-106
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After being eliminated from playoff contention, there has been plenty of discussion about how the Los Angeles Lakers should use LeBron James for the rest of the...
James scores 36, Lakers end 5-game skid by beating Bulls
CHICAGO (AP) — LeBron James had 36 points and 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame a 20-point deficit to beat the Chicago Bulls 123-107 on Tuesday night and end a five-game losing...
Kuzma wins MVP, US tops World in Rising Stars 161-144
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — When the likes of the Los Angeles Lakers' Kyle Kuzma, Philadelphia's Ben Simmons and Boston's Jayson Tatum get to the NBA All-Star Game and partake in what's become the preferred run-and-fun style where defense is discouraged at virtually all costs, this much is clear.
The Latest: US tops World in Rising Stars game, 161-144
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on NBA All-Star Weekend (all times local):
Kyle Kuzma of the Los Angeles Lakers scored 35 points, Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics added 30 and the U.S. beat the World team 161-144 in the Rising Stars game for first- and second-year players at All-Star Weekend.
Embiid leads Sixers past Lebron-led Lakers, 143-120
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Magic Johnson and LeBron James have captured eight NBA titles between them. With Johnson in the stands and James on the court, the Philadelphia 76ers showed off their own championship potential.
Joel Embiid had 37 points and 14 rebounds, Tobias Harris scored 22 points in his second game with Philadelphia, and the new-look 76ers beat James and the Los Angeles Lakers 143-120 on Sunday.
Lakers edge Celtics 129-128 on Rondo’s jumper at the buzzer
BOSTON (AP) — Rajon Rondo hit a 20-foot jumper as time expired to lift the Los Angeles Lakers over the Boston Celtics, 129-128 on Thursday night.
LeBron James had 28 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists. Kyle Kuzma added 25 points and Rondo had 17 points and 10 assists to help Los Angeles bounce back after a 42-point loss at Indiana on Tuesday.
Rondo’s jumper at buzzer lifts Lakers over Celtics 129-128
BOSTON (AP) — LeBron James won't be playing alongside Anthony Davis this season.
But he does have a team he's hoping can build on a big win over its longtime rival.
Rajon Rondo hit a 20-foot jumper as time expired to lift the Los Angeles Lakers over the Boston Celtics, 129-128 on Thursday night.
LeBron James returns for Lakers against Clippers
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James is back in the lineup for the Los Angeles Lakers after the longest injury-related absence of his 16-year career.
The leading All-Star vote-getter was set to play against the Clippers on Thursday night after missing 17 games. He was originally listed as out but was upgraded to doubtful earlier in the day.
Simmons, Mitchell, Doncic headline Rising Stars game
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Philadelphia's Ben Simmons, Utah's Donovan Mitchell and Dallas' Luka Doncic were among the 20 players announced Tuesday as participants in this year's Rising Stars game at All-Star weekend.
Simmons is the reigning rookie of the year, and Doncic is the favorite to win that award this season.
For the fifth straight year, the game that features rookies and second-year players will use a U.S. vs. World format.
Zubac, Caldwell-Pope lead short-handed Lakers past Suns
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton gave his short-handed team one important key going into Sunday's game against Phoenix: Attack the paint.
The Lakers were able to do that, and in the process snapped a three-game losing streak with a 116-102 victory over the Suns.
Kuzma scores 32 as Lakers top Thunder in OT without LeBron
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The young Los Angeles Lakers matured on Thursday night.
With four-time MVP LeBron James still sidelined by a left groin strain, Kyle Kuzma scored 32 points to help the Lakers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 138-128 in overtime.
James missed his 12th straight game, yet against a veteran team loaded with All-Star talent, the Lakers rolled to a 16-6 advantage in the extra period.
Wizards beat Knicks in London on goaltending call
LONDON (AP) — Allonzo Trier goaltended on Thomas Bryant's layup with 0.4 seconds remaining, giving the Washington Wizards a 101-100 victory over the New York Knicks at The O2 Arena on Thursday night.
Bradley Beal had 26 points and nine rebounds, and Otto Porter Jr. added 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Wizards. They outscored the Knicks 24-11 in the fourth quarter.
Kuzma’s career-high 41 leads Lakers over Pistons 113-100
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kyle Kuzma scored a career-high 41 points in three quarters against his childhood team, joining some rarified company in the process.
His offensive outburst propelled the Los Angeles Lakers over the Detroit Pistons 113-100 on Wednesday night to improve to 3-5 without injured LeBron James.
"Our team has shown a lot of growth from the post-LeBron injury," Lakers coach Luke Walton said.
LeBron James gets triple-double, Lakers top Pelicans 112-104
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James got plenty of attention this week for his comments about Anthony Davis, prompting allegations of tampering and ramping up speculation about the two superstars playing together for the Los Angeles Lakers.
It turns out James is also pretty good at playing with his current teammates.
James had 22 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds, and the Lakers beat the New Orleans Pelicans 112-104 on Friday night.
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James gets triple-double as Lakers beat Pelicans 112-104
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James had 22 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the New Orleans Pelicans 112-104 on Friday night.
James got his third triple-double with the Lakers and No. 76 for his career, helping Los Angeles to its sixth consecutive home win. Kyle Kuzma had 23 points, and Ivica Zubac set season highs with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Russell helps Nets hold off Lakers for 6-game winning streak
NEW YORK (AP) — D'Angelo Russell had 22 points and a career high-tying 13 assists against his former team, and the Brooklyn Nets ran the NBA's longest winning streak to six games by beating the Los Angeles Lakers 115-110 on Tuesday night.
Joe Harris added 19 points and Spencer Dinwiddie scored 18 for the Nets, who last won six in a row from March 25 to April 3, 2015. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson finished with 17 points and Jared Dudley made some big baskets down the stretch to score 13.
James leads Lakers past Wade, Heat 108-105
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James scored 28 points and the Los Angeles Lakers survived Dwyane Wade's 15-point performance in the second half of the superstars' probable final on-court meeting for a 108-105 victory over the Miami Heat on Monday night.
LeBron, Kuzma lead Lakers to easy win over Grizzlies
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers weren't about to let fatigue get the better of them on the second night of a back-to-back.
The Lakers recovered from a loss Friday night in San Antonio to dominate Memphis, defeating the Grizzlies 111-88 on Saturday, led by 20 points each from James and Kyle Kuzma. James added nine assists and eight rebounds, while Kuzma had nine rebounds, six assists and a couple of blocks.
LeBron scores 42 as Lakers surge past Spurs late, 121-113
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James had no idea why he was so tired. He slept 11 hours overnight, missing his company Christmas party in the process, and then had a 2½-hour nap before the Los Angeles Lakers' game against San Antonio.
Perhaps his body just knew he would need all that stored-up energy to hold off the Spurs during a frantic finish.
Kuzma leads Lakers’ 120-96 rout of Suns for 3rd straight win
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Moritz Wagner drove for a layup to put the Los Angeles Lakers up by 31 points, and his teammates erupted off the bench in spontaneous glee for their German rookie's first NBA field goal.
"He learned how to ride a bike!" LeBron James said afterward. "That was that moment. You guys never rode a bike before? Yeah, we were excited. Very excited."
Nuggets roll to biggest win over Lakers with 117-85 romp
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets have never been better against the Lakers.
Paul Millsap, Jamal Murray and Malik Beasley scored 20 points apiece, and the Nuggets rolled to their most lopsided victory ever over Los Angeles, a 117-85 rout on Tuesday night.
The 32-point margin surpassed a 29-point win in 1993.
Nuggets win 117-85 in their biggest rout ever of Lakers
DENVER (AP) — Paul Millsap, Jamal Murray and Malik Beasley scored 20 points apiece, and the Denver Nuggets rolled to their biggest victory ever over the Los Angeles Lakers, a 117-85 rout on Tuesday night.
The 32-point margin surpassed a 29-point win in 1993.
Nikola Jokic added 14 points and Juancho Hernangomez had 12 for the Nuggets, who won their fourth in a row.
James nets 26, dunks for winner as Lakers edge Hawks 107-106
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James scored 26 points and dunked for the winning basket in the final seconds, lifting the Los Angeles Lakers to a 107-106 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night.
Kyle Kuzma added 18 points for the Lakers' fifth win in six games.
Kuzma's layup tied the game at 104-all with 1:34 to go.
Kent Bazemore was called for a technical at the end of that play and Kuzma made the free throw for a 105-104 lead.
Vince Carter dunked to put the Hawks back up 106-105.
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Chandler has impactful debut as Lakers beat Wolves 114-110
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tyson Chandler savored the ovations when he first took the court in downtown Los Angeles. The cheers at the end were even sweeter.
The Lakers' newest big man got to represent his hometown Wednesday night for the first time in his 18 NBA seasons, and he came up bigger and better than even he expected in a hard-fought win.
LeBron James gets 1st win as a Laker in romp over Suns
PHOENIX (AP) — In his fourth game, LeBron James finally got his first victory as a Los Angeles Laker.
James flirted with what would have been his 74th career triple-double, finishing with 19 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds before sitting out the fourth quarter of a 131-113 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.
"It feels great," he said. "It is a win, period, but it feels good to know what we have been doing over training camp and these first few games to continue to get better."
Lakers exercise 2019-20 options on Ball, Ingram, Kuzma, Hart
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have exercised their contract options for the 2019-20 season on Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart.
The Lakers made the expected moves Tuesday for their young core surrounding LeBron James.
Ingram will make $7.27 million next season. The second pick in the 2016 draft averaged 16.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists last year.
LeBron gets first win in LA as Lakers beat Kings
LeBron James is a winner for the first time as a Laker.
James scored 18 points in a back-and-forth first half before resting in the second half, watching his teammates pull out a 128-123 preseason victory over the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.
Brandon Ingram missed two free throws with 10 seconds left, but Kyle Kuzma tipped in the second miss to give the Lakers a 126-123 lead. Wenyen Gabriel had a good look at a tying 3-pointer but it hit the front of the rim.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Wash. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
The Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers will meet in the NBA Summer League championship for a second straight season.
Last year Kyle Kuzma dropped a game-high 30 points to lead the Lakers to a 110-98 victory over Portland.
This year it'll be MVP-candidate Josh Hart — one of two returning players from last year's team — looking to earn a second straight title for the Lakers (6-0). Alex Caruso is also back for Los Angeles.