Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball to skip 2-game road trip

Lonzo Ball will not travel with Lakers to face Rockets on Sunday

The Fil-American guard is being tagged as one of the players that the Lakers may have to "sacrifice" as they look to build enough salary cap room to be in a position to contend in the LeBron James and Paul George free-agency sweepstakes at the end of the season.

Houston beat LA, 148-142, in double overtime.

The Lakers responded to their air-clearing team meeting by losing a third straight game by double figures and their fifth overall.

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The Houston Rockets (25-9) are amid their own five-game losing skid. That had been the franchise's longest losing streak since January of 2013. Before James Harden left the game, he led all scorers with a whopping 40 points on 10-of-20 shots from the floor and 17-of-21 from the charity stripe. Ingram is averaging a solid line of 15.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 5.5 assists in two meetings against the Rockets this season, numbers which could take a good step up with the Lakers still missing Ball.. He had 19 points in his 14 first-half minutes and 10 rebounds by halftime, too. Clarkson, who had started for Ball in the Lakers last game, came off the bench Josh Hart started.

They already lost guard Patrick Beverley for the season to a knee injury. The Rockets quickly roared back, but the Lakers led for most of the second half, until a frenzied final couple minutes gave the Rockets a chance to steal the win.

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni changed up his rotation, bringing in Green for Ryan Anderson when Tucker usually checks in. The Rockets MVP candidate exited the game with 44 seconds left and was ruled out by the team in the second overtime.

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Stafford passed for 361 yards and two touchdowns in the Lions' 30-17 win at Green Bay on November 7. The Lions finished with a 35-11 victory to complete the series sweep over the Packers.

Harden was injured on the play and left the game.

Seconds later, Kuzma coolly sank a three-pointer, inches away from the Rockets bench. However, the Rockets had a silver lining in the form of Chris Paul's return following a three-game absence due to a groin injury. The Lakers' counter - another three-point attempt by Kuzma, who made five-of-eight in regulation - didn't fall. The Lakers offense could not contain the Clippers, who got Blake Griffin back in time to dominate the Lakers frontcourt.

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