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LeBron James gets 59th triple-double, Cavs beat Lonzo Ball’s Lakers 121-112

LeBron James recorded his 59th career triple-double, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 121-112 win over rookie Lonzo Ball and the Los Angeles Lakers. James finished with 25 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists to tie Larry Bird for the sixth-most triple-doubles in NBA history. Kevin Love scored 28 for Cleveland, which has won 16 of 17. Brandon Ingram scored 26 for the Lakers and Ball had 13 points and 11 assists.

Lakers rally from 19-point deficit to beat Bulls 103-94

Kyle Kuzma had 22 points, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 11 of his 21 in the fourth quarter and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied from a 19-point deficit in the second half for a 103-94 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night.

Lakers to retire Kobe Bryant’s 2 jersey numbers in December

One retired jersey number just isn’t enough for Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers announced that they will retire Bryant’s No. 8 and No. 24 in a ceremony Dec. 18 during their game against Golden State. Bryant wore No. 8 from 1996 to 2006, when he switched to No. 24 for the remainder of his 20-year career with the Lakers.

Lakers fined $500K by NBA for tampering involving Paul George

New Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka’s contact with Paul George’s agent violated the NBA’s anti-tampering rule and has resulted in Los Angeles being fined $500,000. The league says that a law firm’s independent investigation didn’t find evidence of an agreement or an understanding that the Lakers would sign or acquire George, who was with the Indiana Pacers at the time. George was later traded to Oklahoma City.

NBA Summer League: Lakers overcome Ball’s injury to beat Mavs

LAS VEGAS – Lonzo Ball’s bid for a third straight triple-double was short-circuited by a calf injury. The lead he helped the Los Angeles Lakers build while he was in the game proved to be just enough to top Dennis Smith Jr. and the Dallas Mavericks. Ball had 16 points and 10 assists in 21 minutes before leaving with a strained right calf and the Lakers held on for a 108-98 victory in the Las Vegas Summer League semifinals on Sunday night.

Playing both sides: Markelle Fultz happy to land with Lakers, Celtics

Markelle Fultz has gone through an hour-long private workout for the Los Angeles Lakers and a meeting with the team’s top brass at their training complex. The Maryland-born University of Washington product is generally expected to be the top pick by the Boston Celtics in the NBA draft next week, but he has stayed in close contact with the Lakers, who have the No. 2 pick.

Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball at the top, Zach Collins at 14; projecting the NBA lottery picks

The world learned the order of selections for next month’s NBA draft Tuesday night, with the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers winning the top three picks. Now it’s time to take a first run at predicting the first 14 picks in the June 22 draft from a deep pool of talent, including Gonzaga’s Zach Collins, who seems a perfect fit in Miami.

Celtics win NBA draft lottery, Lakers at No. 2 keep pick

The Boston Celtics have won the NBA draft lottery, capitalizing on a trade they made with the Brooklyn Nets four years ago. The Los Angeles Lakers were other big winners. They moved up one spot to second to hold onto their pick. They would have had to trade it if it fell outside the top three. Philadelphia picks third in the June draft.