Lakers PG Rondo breaks hand in win over Trail Blazers

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Los Angeles defeated the visiting Atlanta Hawks 107-106 on Sunday night after LeBron James dunked an offensive rebound for a one-point lead with 15 seconds left, and newly acquired center Tyler Chandler blocked a driving layup by Atlanta rookie point guard Trae Young to preserve the win.

While Walton did not know exactly when Rondo broke his hand, he did mention it happened on a steal attempt in the fourth quarter and surmised it came as Rondo hit his hand on the floor after stripping the ball from Jusuf Nurkic.

The Los Angeles Lakers expect veteran point guard Rajon Rondo to miss three-to-five weeks due to a fractured third metacarpal in his right hand, according to reports.

The Los Angeles team's start, however, was not the best as they lost their opening three games of the campaign and their first home game ended in Rondo and youngster Brandon Ingram getting ejected for throwing punches.

"‪I haven't changed anything outwardly, but you know me".

"I give it all to the man above for giving me these God-given abilities".

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James, who had expressed frustration earlier in the season after the Lakers slow start to the campaign, said he believes the team is gradually heading in the right direction. He is averaging 9.3 points, 6.8 assists and 4.8 rebounds on the season.

The 33-year-old made a point of snaffling the game ball after the buzzer sounded on what was a fourth straight victory for the Lakers, who improved to 8-6 to move up to seventh in the Western Conference standings.

"You've got to win close games in this league", Blazers coach Terry Stotts told reporters afterward.

Rondo, 32, was held scoreless against the Blazers in 16 minutes.

Having Chandler as that anchor on the back-end of the defense will allow him to orchestrate and put his teammates in the proper locations on the court.

"He's still going to be with the team a lot so he's going to be talking to us, so, definitely leadership will still be here".

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