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Lakers’ Lonzo Ball says improved defense key to 4-game winning streak

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The Los Angeles Lakers are on a four-game winning streak, and second-year point guard Lonzo Ball says there has been one big reason why the team is playing better.

Although the Lakers are still giving up 115.6 points per game, 26th in the NBA, Lonzo Ball says the team is playing better defense as of late. During this four-game winning streak, LA has defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves, Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Hawks and Portland Trail Blazers.

During the four wins, the Lakers are giving up an average of 104.7 points per game. The addition of veteran center Tyson Chandler has really helped the team improve on the defensive end. Chandler had the game-winning block against the Hawks when he swatted Trae Young’s layup at the buzzer.

Lonzo Ball is 6-foot-6. For a point guard, that’s pretty tall. The former No. 2 overall pick is averaging 1.2 steals per game this season through 14 games. He has done a good job this year with his ball pressure. The Lakers are going to need Ball to step up even more now that Rajon Rondo is going to be out for a while with his broken hand.

On offense, Lonzo Ball still isn’t scoring that much, but he doesn’t have to now that LeBron James is on the roster. The 21-year-old is averaging 8.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists while shooting 40.9 percent from the field, 38.1 percent from beyond the arc and 61.5 percent from the free-throw line.

The Lakers will look to win their fifth game in a row Saturday when they take on the Orlando Magic.