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Jordan Bell drives Bill Walton back to hotel after Warriors beat Luke's Lakers

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Jordan Bell drives Bill Walton back to hotel after Warriors beat Luke's Lakers

There's always a story with the legendary Bill Walton. Always. 

After the Warriors' 117-106 win over the Lakers Wednesday night in Oakland, Jordan Bell found himself in the middle of a classic Bill Walton story. 

In the Oracle Arena parking lot, Bell saw Walton walking and had to say hi. What did Walton say back? "Can I get a ride." Seriously. Next thing Bell knew, he was driving Walton back to his apartment after the rookie scored six points and grabbed three rebounds as Bill's son Luke lost to his former team. 

"Super random, seen Bill walking, I said 'what's up?' He said, 'can you give me a ride to my hotel?' and I said sure," Bell said in a video describing the encounter. This certainly isn't Bell's first enounter with Walton as the eccentric Hall of Famer is a huge Oregon Ducks fan. 

Another day, another Bill Walton story. 

Watch the video below:

In Splash Brothers absence, Bell and Iguodala return to Warriors

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In Splash Brothers absence, Bell and Iguodala return to Warriors

OAKLAND -- The Warriors will be bolstered by the return of two key players but they’ll be without three All-Stars Wednesday night when they face the Lakers at Oracle Arena.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30, with tipoff scheduled for 7:35.

Coming off back-to-back losses on the road, the Warriors (51-16) will take the court without Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. Andre Iguodala and Jordan Bell, however, will return after brief absences.

Though the Lakers (31-36) are out of realistic playoff contention, they have reached the 30-win mark for the first time since 2012-13, which also is the last time they appeared in the postseason.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 6.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Kevin Durant vs. Kyle Kuzma & Co.: Kuzma tweaked his ankle Tuesday and is listed as questionable. If he’s unable to go, the Lakers likely will turn to seldom-used vet Luol Deng or move SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to SF. If Kuzma is cleared, there is the potential for fireworks. He is averaging 15.5 ppg and is coming off a 26-point effort on Tuesday. Durant is averaging 38.7 ppg over the last three games and 29.9 since the All-Star break. He’ll have to carry the bulk of his team’s scoring load.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: F/C Jordan Bell (R ankle sprain) and F Andre Iguodala (L wrist sprain) are available. G Stephen Curry (R ankle tweak), F Draymond Green (R shoulder soreness), G Pat McCaw (L wrist fracture), G Klay Thompson (R thumb fracture) and C/F David West (R arm cyst) are listed as out.

Lakers: F Kyle Kuzma (R ankle tweak) is listed as questionable. F/C Channing Frye (appendectomy), G Josh Hart (L hand, fourth metacarpal fracture) and F Brandon Ingram (L groin strain) are listed as out.

LAST 10

Warriors: 7-3.

Lakers: 8-2.

GAME OFFICIALS

Marc Davis (crew chief), Matt Boland, Brian Forte

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors have won three of the first four meetings this season, 127-123 (OT) on Nov. 29 in Los Angeles, 116-114 (OT) on Dec. 18 in LA and 113-106 on Dec. 22 in Oakland. The Warriors are 12-3 against the Lakers in the Steve Kerr era.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE NEW GUYS: Second-year C Damian Jones and rookie two-way C/F Chris Boucher both participated in the morning shootaround. Jones will be active and could make his fifth appearance of the season. Boucher is expected to be added the active list and possibly will make his NBA debut.

THE STARTERS: If the Warriors are missing three starters, coach Steve Kerr will have to dig deep into his bench. Would he start Bell, who missed the last three games, in place of Green? Could Nick Young get the call to replace Thompson? It’s a very thin roster, so there won’t be much of a bench no matter how Kerr plays it.

THE POINT MEN: With Iguodala back, Shaun Livingston becomes the likely starter at PG against Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball. It’s intriguing matchup, the wily 6-foot-6 veteran against the youngster whose basketball smarts are beyond his years. Iguodala, another savvy vet, also will take turns defending Ball.

Duke-UNC rivalry takes stage between young forwards in Lakers vs Kings

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Duke-UNC rivalry takes stage between young forwards in Lakers vs Kings

SACRAMENTO -- Coming off a brutal buzzer beater loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday evening, the Sacramento Kings play host to the Los Angeles Lakers Saturday at Golden 1 Center.

Zach Randolph continues to turn back the clock. Against the Thunder, he bullied big man Steven Adams in the post, scoring 29 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in the loss. Buddy Hield added 19 points, nine rebounds and four assists in one of his most complete games of the season.

The Lakers are 13-7 over their last 20 games and climbed up in the Western Conference standings. They are young and exciting with plenty of building blocks for the future. A trade deadline deal added former King, Isaiah Thomas, which gives them one more scoring option.

BETTING LINE 

Lakers by 1.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Justin Jackson vs. Brandon Ingram -- Jackson is getting a long look at the small forward position for Sacramento. He’s had varying degrees of success over his 11 straight starts at the wing. He’ll get a tough test against a talented, young player in Ingram. He looks like a different player in his second year in the league.  

WHERE THEY STAND 

Kings: 18-40, fourth place in Pacific

Lakers: 24-34, third place in Pacific

INJURY REPORT 

Kings: PG De’Aaron Fox (conjunctivitis) probable, C Kosta Koufos (illness) questionable, PF Harry Giles (bilateral knee rehab) out.

Lakers: C Channing Frye (appendectomy) out. 

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

Defend the Rim -- The Lakers are one of the worst 3-point shooting teams in the league, but they love to attack the basket and get to the free throw line. Sacramento needs to tighten up their interior defense and try to avoid picking up lazy fouls. 

Bounce Back for Bogdan -- Fresh off an MVP performance at the Rising Stars Game, Bogdan Bogdanovic struggled against OKC. It didn’t help that he was defending Russell Westbrook for stretches, but the Kings need their swiss army knife player to fill up the stat sheet each and every night if they hope to pick up a few more wins down the stretch. 

Get Your Track Shoes On -- Los Angeles leads the league in pace. They have speed, athleticism and length at almost every position. Rookie Lonzo Ball loves to look up court at every opportunity.  

SERIES HISTORY 

The season series between these two teams is all tied up at 1-1, with each team winning on their home floor. Los Angeles owns a huge 271-154 lead in the all-time series and a 93-45 advantage during the Sacramento-era.