Defense key to Lakers moving past Jazz in sloppy 90-83 win

Ingram, LeBron lead Lakers in sloppy win over Jazz

Can Orlando find its Magic?

A 108-104 loss to the Magic, however, directed a spotlight on issues the Lakers have faced throughout the season. The unselfishness of this team throughout the early portion of the year has been extraordinary, and it's something that must continue if they want to win consistently, especially in hostile environments on the road. Once the bench enters however, only Jerian Grant has been able to hit above average from range, however on a very small sample size.

It was following a rare victory amid the Lakers' ugly start to the regular season that LeBron James said, "This is a wins league". His presence on the inside has settled the Lakers while allowing better balance on the interior as he alternates C duties with Javale McGee.

The expectation of Ingram making a substantial leap in quality this season weigh on the young forward but recent signs suggest he is finding ways to co-exist alongside James and make increasingly impactful contributions. There was much to be desired offensively, but the Lakers did just enough offensively to scrape by on the night shooting 45.6 percent from the field and finish with three players in double figures with Brandon Ingram leading the way with 24 points.

The Los Angeles Lakers have won seven of eight games for the first time since the end of the 2012-13 season, and Sunday they'll face the team that handed them their only defeat during that stretch.

The Orlando Magic are right on the cusp of the top eight in Eastern Conference at the moment. They came back to tie the game with a couple minutes left, led by an unlikely source, Lance Stephenson, who had 13 points in 15 minutes including four 3-pointers.

Orlando Magic guard Terrence Ross, left, and Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope reach for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in Los Angeles. He's now the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. The versatile center finished with 31 points and 15 rebounds in this game after having 36 points and 14 rebounds in the Magic's win over the Lakers in Orlando.

LeBron James registered a team-high 24 points and seven assists in the losing effort.

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