Morning Wrap: Lakers get it done against Rockets; Clippers hope to bounce back against Nuggets

The Morning Wrap shares the day’s top five stories from our reporters at the Southern California Newspaper Group. … Sign up to have our top sports stories delivered to your inbox with our daily newsletters

ONE: Lakers reporter Kyle Goon writes: Full speed was Sunday night, after LeBron James’ clinching bucket with 32 seconds left, a fadeaway jumper, Anthony Davis met him on the other end of the court — the two Lakers stars beamed as they low-fived, confident in their eventual 117-109 triumph over the Houston Rockets to even up the series in Game 2.

Denver Nuggets’ Paul Millsap (4) reacts between Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) and Marcus Morris Sr., right, during the first half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

TWO: The Cllippers take on the Denver Nuggets in Game 3 tonight. Mirjam Swanson writes about Kawhi Leonard and the adjustments the Clippers have to make defensively with the series tied, 1-1.

Los Angeles Angels’ Taylor Ward, center, is greeted by teammates after he scored on a single hit by Justin Upton during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

THREE: Angels reporter Jeff Fletcher writes: During his media session a couple hours before the Angels game on Sunday, after yet another question about preparation for 2021, Joe Maddon dropped this comment. “We’re still not out of this thing,” the Angels manager said before his team won its fifth straight game, beating the Houston Astros 9-5.

Colorado Rockies’ Matt Kemp (25) congratulates Josh Fuentes (8) on his two-run home run as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith looks on during the second inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)

FOUR: Dodgers reporter Bill Plunkett writes: It isn’t the first time Matt Kemp’s heroics have won a game at Dodger Stadium. But it might be the last. —  Kemp scooped an 0-and-1 slider down and in from Dodgers reliever Caleb Ferguson and golfed it over the left field wall for a two-run home run in the eighth inning Sunday night. It was the 285th home run of Kemp’s career (203 hit for the Dodgers, three hit against them) and gave the Rockies a 7-6 victory over the Dodgers.

Denver Broncos linebacker Justin Hollins takes part in drills during an NFL football practice at the team’s headquarters Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

FIVE: Rams reporter Kevin Modesti writes: Linebackers were a worry when the Rams went to training camp, and they were still a worry for different reasons as the team began the final week of preparation for the regular season. … They acted Sunday to shore things up both inside and outside linebacker with one move, claiming Justin Hollins on waivers a day after he was cut by the Denver Broncos at the roster deadline.