Nick Young says the Lakers have woken up since airing some grievances at a team meeting last week.
Young returned from suspension to score 29 points, Pau Gasol had 22 and the Lakers beat the Toronto Raptors 112-106 on Sunday, just their third win in 15 games.
“Nick’s been doing it all year and he just keeps going,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said.
Young was suspended for Friday’s victory at Boston after he was ejected for throwing a punch at Phoenix’s Goran Dragic in a loss last Wednesday. Rested and refreshed, Young scored 15 points in the fourth quarter as the Lakers overcame a 19-point first-half deficit. They won back-to-back games for the first time since beating Memphis on Dec. 17 and Minnesota on Dec. 20.
Los Angeles held a team meeting before Friday’s game to address Young’s ejection, and suggestions that his teammates had not done enough to stand up for him after a hard foul by Suns center Alex Len. Young called the meeting “a turning point” in what’s been a dismal season so far.
“We had an altercation that woke us all up and we’re out there battling with each other now,” Young said. “Now we’re just laying it out there.”
Ryan Kelly scored 17 in his first career start and Kendall Marshall had 10 points and 11 assists.
Kelly said Friday’s meeting underscored a “lack of urgency” in both the team’s response to Len’s foul on Young, and the Lakers’ play in general.
“That was carrying over into the game, a lack of urgency to get back on defense, a lack of urgency to rebound and things like that,” Kelly said. “When we saw that on tape, that’s the one thing it did for us is to make us realize that on every play, every possession, we have to have that sense of urgency.”
DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points, Kyle Lowry had 21 and Patrick Patterson 17 as Toronto’s six-game home winning streak came to an end.
Amir Johnson had 13, Greivis Vasquez 11 and Terrence Ross 10 for the Raptors, who have never won consecutive home games against the Lakers.
Magic 93, Celtics 91: At Orlando, Fla., Arron Afflalo had 20 points and 13 rebounds, Tobias Harris added 18 points and Orlando snapped a season-high 10-game losing streak.
After several ties in the fourth quarter, Harris hit a pair of free throws with 10.1 seconds remaining to give Orlando the victory.
The win also ends a 10-game regular-season losing streak to the Celtics.
Thunder 108, Kings 93: At Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 30 points to lead Oklahoma City past Sacramento.
Spurs 110, Bucks 82: At San Antonio, Patty Mills had 20 points, Tim Duncan had 11 points and 13 rebounds in limited action, and San Antonio rolled past Milwaukee.
Suns 117, Nuggets 103: At Phoenix, Channing Frye scored a season-high 30 points before sitting out the final 9 1/2 minutes to watch Phoenix wrap up a victory over Denver.
Frye, who missed all of last season for treatment of an enlarged heart, made 12 of 16 shots, 5 of 7 3-pointers, to fall three points shy of his career high.
Bobcats: Charlotte announced starting point guard Kemba Walker is expected to miss 10-14 days with a second-degree sprain in his left ankle.
Walker was injured in the third quarter of Saturday night’s loss to the Miami Heat when he stepped on Chris Bosh’s foot on a fast break layup. X-rays taken at the arena were negative, but Walker had an MRI on Sunday.
Fines handed out: Pacers forward David West was fined $15,000 by the league for elbowing the Clippers’ Blake Griffin in the jaw.
West was assessed a flagrant 2 and ejected at the end of the first half of Indiana’s 106-92 win Saturday. The NBA announced the fine Sunday.
The league also fined Kings coach Michael Malone $25,000 for screaming at official Marc Davis after Sacramento’s 91-90 loss to the Grizzlies on Friday.
Davis called a jump ball instead of a foul against Memphis with 1.9 seconds left and Sacramento trailing by a point, and the Grizzlies won the jump ball.
Malone was fined for verbal abuse of an official and not proceeding directly to his locker room after the game ended.