Lakers owner Jeanie Buss tweets support for Luke Walton

Dean Simpson
January 14, 2018

"Whatever you want to say about LaVar Ball, he has smoked out the fact that the Lakers do not support Luke Walton", Windhorst said.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle (30) defends as Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr.

Los Angeles played most of the game without Brandon Ingram, who had four points in the first half before a sprained left ankle pulled him from the game.

Consecutive baskets by Barnes and Smith pushed Dallas within 94-93 with 14 seconds left. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.

There were six ties and 12 lead changes in the game, and the Lakers turned it into a close game when they orchestrated a 15-3 run in the fourth quarter, cancelling out a 10-point lead, 80-70, that Dallas had taken early in the fourth quarter on a 3-pointer by Dirk Nowitzki. The 39-year-old doesn't dominate like he used to, but remains as lethal as ever from long-range (42.1 percent on 4.0 three-point attempts). The Lakers may intend to keep him.

For the first time this season, the Lakers concocted a three-game winning streak.

He had help from Jordan Clarkson, who scored 13 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and overtime. Lonzo, who has appeared in 35 games, is up to 10.2 points per game, in addition to 7.1 assists and 7.1 rebounds per night.

San Antonio now heads to Los Angeles as part of a three game road trip before returning home to play Denver on Saturday night.

Wesley Matthews made a pair of free throws with 42 seconds remaining in overtime.

Past indications have been that Walton's job was not in jeopardy, with a Lakers source telling Shelburne on Sunday that Walton's job status is "not even a conversation".

After Randle almost turned it over, Ball picked up the basketball and forced up a desperation shot that was well short.

"This is a time for Magic Johnson, the greatest Laker, in my opinion, of all-time, and now has taken the helm back ... this is a chance for Magic Johnson to absolutely put his foot down and put an end to this", Miller said during an appearance on "The Dan Patrick Show".

Thanks to some early Laker turnovers, San Antonio cut the deficit to just three in the first two minutes of the third quarter.

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