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Ball, Randle rally Lakers past Spurs late, 116-112

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Lonzo Ball and the Los Angeles Lakers are feeling extremely comfortable on the road.

Ball hit a career-best six 3-pointers, Julius Randle had 25 points and the Lakers rallied in the final two minutes to beat the San Antonio Spurs 116-112 on Saturday night.

''It's always fun when you're winning, but this one we had to work a little bit harder for it,'' said Ball, who had 18 points. ''We dug ourselves a little hole, which is very hard against this team, the way they execute, but I feel like we pulled it out together.''

Los Angeles won its fifth straight and completed a sweep of a four-game road trip, the first time the franchise has done so since 2009. Isaiah Thomas added 21 points.

San Antonio is heading in the opposite direction, falling three spots to sixth in the Western Conference standings. The Spurs are a half-game behind Minnesota for fourth and home court in the first round of the playoffs and two games ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers for ninth place and an early end to the season.

''Halfway through the season we were aiming for the third spot and now we're aiming for the playoffs,'' San Antonio veteran Manu Ginobili said. ''A lot of things have changed. But tomorrow I'll wake up, I'll be optimistic and I'll work out, try to recover and try to get over this funk.''

The Spurs lost their second straight game in which they never trailed until the final two minutes. San Antonio blew a 15-point lead in a 121-116 loss to New Orleans on Wednesday and was up by 17 against Los Angeles.

Ball keyed the rally by hitting three shots from beyond the arc in the final three minutes. He finished 6 for 10 on 3-pointers.

''He's confident, just confident,'' Randle said of Ball. ''He went from hitting the side of the backboard to he can't miss now.''

Ball's fourth 3-pointer cut San Antonio's lead to 105-104, and Randle made two free throws to give Los Angeles its first lead at 106-105 with 1:59 remaining. After a jumper by Pau Gasol, Ball hit another 3 to give the Lakers a 109-107 advantage with 1:15 remaining. Gasol made two free throws to tie it, but then Ball hit another 3 to stun the Spurs' fans and electrify a large Lakers' contingent.

''Ball was amazing,'' San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. ''He just got them back in the game and at that same period we didn't make shots.''

San Antonio contained Ball and the Lakers early despite using their 22nd different starting lineup this season with Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge both out with injuries.

''They say when it rains it pours and it's pouring right now and it's pouring hard on us,'' Gasol said. ''No excuses, we've just got to get it done.''

Gasol finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

TIP-INS

Lakers: Thomas has scored in double figures in six of nine games with the Lakers, including three with 20-plus. ... Lakers coach Luke Walton was assessed a technical foul after having an animated discussion with official Marat Kogut during a timeout with 1:33 remaining in the first half. ... Randle was assessed a technical foul after he continued to complain to official Jonathan Sterling several possessions after a non-call when Gasol blocked his shot.

Spurs: Aldridge missed the game with a sprained right ankle and Leonard continues to be sidelined by right quadriceps tendinopathy. ... Gasol is averaging over three assists for the 11th time in his career. Fellow former Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the only 7-footer with more, averaging 3-plus assists in 15 seasons.

MUCH BETTER

Walton was asked if he felt vindicated after standing up for Ball after the rookie from UCLA got off to a poor start shooting 3-pointers.

''I'm happy for him because I felt like he was being judged so hard to start the season,'' Walton said. ''No other rookie in the league was getting dissected like he was. He was playing great, he was doing all the things we love about him. He was passing, he was playing defense, he was rebounding, he just was missing his shots. I'm glad for him (now that he's making shots).''

UP NEXT

Lakers: Host Portland on Monday night.

Spurs: Host Memphis on Monday night.

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Key Players
L. Ball
2 PG
R. Gay
22 SF
22.4 Min. Per Game 22.4
11.3 Pts. Per Game 11.3
1.6 Ast. Per Game 1.6
5.1 Reb. Per Game 5.1
36.9 Field Goal % 46.8
37.1 Three Point % 46.9
49.1 Free Throw % 78.4
  Team rebound 0:01
  Patty Mills missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:01
+ 1 Isaiah Thomas made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:05
+ 1 Isaiah Thomas made 1st of 2 free throws 0:05
  Personal foul on Patty Mills 0:05
+ 3 Rudy Gay made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kyle Anderson 0:06
+ 2 Julius Randle made layup, assist by Lonzo Ball 0:10
  Lost ball turnover on Rudy Gay, stolen by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 0:30
+ 3 Lonzo Ball made 3-pt. jump shot 0:42
+ 1 Pau Gasol made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:56
+ 1 Pau Gasol made 1st of 2 free throws 0:56
Team Stats
Points 116 112
Field Goals 40-92 (43.5%) 44-98 (44.9%)
3-Pointers 15-34 (44.1%) 7-30 (23.3%)
Free Throws 21-27 (77.8%) 17-20 (85.0%)
Total Rebounds 55 60
Offensive 10 12
Defensive 36 38
Team 9 10
Assists 26 28
Steals 10 10
Blocks 4 5
Turnovers 15 16
Fouls 21 19
Technicals 4 2
18 PTS, 7 REB, 11 AST
19 PTS, 10 REB, 8 AST
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away team logo Lakers 28-34 23302736116
home team logo Spurs 36-27 30303121112
Team Stats
away team logo Lakers 28-34 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Spurs 36-27 96.8 PPG 37.6 RPG 19.0 APG
Key Players
J. Randle PF PPG RPG APG FG%
P. Gasol PF 10.1 PPG 8.0 RPG 3.1 APG 45.8 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Randle PF 25 PTS 6 REB 3 AST
P. Gasol PF 19 PTS 10 REB 8 AST
43.5 FG% 44.9
44.1 3PT FG% 23.3
77.8 FT% 85.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Randle 33 25 6 3 1 1 1 4 8/15 0/0 9/11 2 4 38 +5
K. Caldwell-Pope 43 18 13 2 3 0 1 4 7/13 3/5 1/1 2 11 37 +3
L. Ball 34 18 7 11 1 2 2 4 6/12 6/10 0/0 0 7 48 +8
B. Lopez 25 14 2 2 1 0 2 0 6/12 2/4 0/1 0 2 19 -17
K. Kuzma 33 11 8 1 2 0 2 5 4/13 2/6 1/4 4 4 21 -3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Randle 33 25 6 3 1 1 1 4 8/15 0/0 9/11 2 4 38 +5
K. Caldwell-Pope 43 18 13 2 3 0 1 4 7/13 3/5 1/1 2 11 37 +3
L. Ball 34 18 7 11 1 2 2 4 6/12 6/10 0/0 0 7 48 +8
B. Lopez 25 14 2 2 1 0 2 0 6/12 2/4 0/1 0 2 19 -17
K. Kuzma 33 11 8 1 2 0 2 5 4/13 2/6 1/4 4 4 21 -3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
I. Thomas 28 21 1 7 0 0 5 1 6/16 1/5 8/8 0 1 31 +6
T. Wear 12 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 3/6 1/4 0/0 0 2 9 +18
I. Zubac 14 2 4 0 1 1 2 0 0/2 0/0 2/2 1 3 6 +7
T. Ennis 13 0 3 0 1 0 0 3 0/2 0/0 0/0 1 2 4 -4
G. Payton II 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -3
J. Hart - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Ingram - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bryant - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Caruso - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Deng - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Frye - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 116 46 26 10 4 15 21 40/92 15/34 21/27 10 36 213 +20
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
P. Gasol 32 19 10 8 0 3 2 2 8/17 0/3 3/6 1 9 46 +14
P. Mills 29 14 2 3 0 0 2 3 6/12 1/5 1/1 1 1 20 +16
D. Murray 23 12 7 1 3 0 2 2 5/11 0/0 2/2 3 4 22 +7
D. Bertans 21 11 5 2 1 0 3 2 4/9 3/8 0/0 0 5 18 +2
K. Anderson 21 8 4 5 2 0 1 0 4/4 0/0 0/0 1 3 23 +8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
P. Gasol 32 19 10 8 0 3 2 2 8/17 0/3 3/6 1 9 46 +14
P. Mills 29 14 2 3 0 0 2 3 6/12 1/5 1/1 1 1 20 +16
D. Murray 23 12 7 1 3 0 2 2 5/11 0/0 2/2 3 4 22 +7
D. Bertans 21 11 5 2 1 0 3 2 4/9 3/8 0/0 0 5 18 +2
K. Anderson 21 8 4 5 2 0 1 0 4/4 0/0 0/0 1 3 23 +8
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Gay 26 15 8 0 0 1 2 3 5/12 2/5 3/3 0 8 22 -4
M. Ginobili 23 12 4 6 1 0 1 2 4/11 0/3 4/4 1 3 28 -13
J. Lauvergne 15 8 9 0 2 0 0 2 3/6 0/0 2/2 5 4 19 -16
D. Green 23 7 1 2 0 1 1 1 2/7 1/5 2/2 0 1 12 -18
T. Parker 21 6 0 1 1 0 2 2 3/9 0/1 0/0 0 0 7 -16
L. Aldridge - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Leonard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hilliard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Paul - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Costello - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Forbes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. White - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 112 50 28 10 5 16 19 44/98 7/30 17/20 12 38 217 -20