Walton gives trip a so-so mark

Here’s a pretty on-the-mark assessment of the Lakers after their 5-1 trip to Chicago, New Jersey, Washington, Indiana, Philadelphia and Toronto: “It was a good trip. I mean, we didn’t play great basketball, but we won games. Ultimately, we want to get better and that’s what we work on going towards the playoffs. While we’re getting better, it’s nice to win games, because we want that home-court advantage once we get to the playoffs. So, winning five out of six is nice, but we need to be playing at a higher level than we’re playing at right now.”