The Los Angeles Lakers (14-27) find themselves in the midst of a three-game winning streak following an extended string of losses, and spent Thursday night upsetting the visiting San Antonio Spurs, 93-81. Brandon Ingram led the charge offensively for L.A., contributing 26 points, three rebounds and three assists, shooting 11-of-21 from field goal range and 2-of-5 from beyond the arc. The Lakers enjoyed two double-doubles in the victory, one by rookie Lonzo Ball, who finished the night behind 18 points and 10 rebounds, draining four triples in the process, and the other by substitute Larry Nance Jr., who scored 14 points and grabbed 10 boards. Kyle Kuzma played off the bench to post 10 points, six rebounds and four dimes for a Lakers outfit that remains in 13th place in the Western Conference, just behind their opponents on Saturday. The team's three-game road trip continues next week at the Memphis Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder.
Wednesday night saw the Dallas Mavericks (15-28) record their second straight win, topping the Charlotte Hornets on the road, 115-111. The Mavs collective shot 47 percent from the paint and 41.7 percent from downtown, with Harrison Barnes buoying the starting five with a team-best 25 points and 11 rebounds. Barnes went 9-of-13 from the field and made all four of this shot attempts from the free throw line, and through 43 starts leads Dallas in scoring with a per game average of 18.8 points and 6.7 rebounds. Yogi Ferrell logged 22 points, with 7-of-10 from deep, while J.J. Barea contributed 12 points, took in six boards and facilitated five assists. Dallas owns the 23rd ranked team offense in the NBA, averaging a combined 102.6 points per game.