Lakers face tall task in Porzingis, Knicks


The Lakers got 33 points off the bench from Jordan Clarkson and overcame a slow start to win on Friday night.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored his 1,000th point of the season Friday, joining Cleveland's LeBron James as the only players to accomplish that feat in the last 11 seasons.

Forward Brandon Ingram, the Laker's second leading scorer with 16.1 points per game, was out with an ankle injury.

The Lakers were without rookie guard Lonzo Ball (knee soreness) and starting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (sore Achilles). The Lakers scored the final 10 points of the quarter to take 97-89 lead into the final period.

Porzingis emerged as a difference-maker against the Lakers last season, totaling 26 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocked shots in the first meeting at Staples Center, a 118-112 win by the Knicks, then finished with 16 points and nine rebounds in a 121-107 loss in NY.

When asked if there was a possibility of Ball not traveling with the team on the Lakers' longest road trip of the season thus far, Walton said he expects Ball to accompany the team.

In a Sunday matinee at Staples Center, New York embarrassed itself in a 127-107 loss to the shorthanded Lakers, allowing the most points to an opponent this season while utilizing its matador-style defense. He was 6 for 7 from 3-point range and NY shot 11 of 20 as a team. The remainder of the team combined to miss all 11 of its attempts from the charity stripe, as the Lakers continue to sit at the bottom of the National Basketball Association when it comes to free throw percentage.

The Lakers won despite being just 2-of-14 from the free-throw line.

They outscored the Pacers 29-14 in the second quarter, taking an 8-point lead into halftime. Los Angeles led 30-29 after the period because it made 5 of 6 free throws while NY did not get to the line.

IN had a 25-16 lead after Cory Joseph's basket with 40 seconds left in the first quarter before the Lakers erupted for a 22-4 run. Los Angeles, which shot 51 percent in the first half, held the advantage despite allowing the Knicks to shoot 59.1 percent for the first two quarters.

On Wednesday, the Knicks played a Memphis team without three starters and trailed by 18 in the third quarter.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, right, dunks as New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, left, of Latvia, watches during the first half on an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. With the win, LA improved to 16-29 overall and 10-14 at home where they have won four straight.