Los Angeles, CA—The Los Angeles Lakers finally got a win in their third preseason game after dropping their first two at the hands of the Denver Nuggets by defeating the Sacramento Kings 128-123.
Photo By: Sports Illustrated
This was the Lakers second straight game at Staples Center in front of the home crowd. The Lakers young core led the way and closed to the deal in this one.
Coach Luke Walton held point guard Rajon Rondo out of this game (rest) and decided to go with the bigger lineup by inserting Kyle Kuzma. He kept the other starters from Tuesday’s game against the Nuggets the same: Josh Hart, LeBron James, Javale McGee, and Brandon Ingram. He decided to go with with Ingram at the point and Kuzma at power forward.
Ingram who took over the point guard duties finished with a game high 31 points (10-15 fg). He played a game high 35 minutes and asserted himself from the opening tip getting to the free throw line 15 times making 11.
LeBron James who played most of the first half (16 minutes) finished with 18 points.
The other young players not named Ingram played well and helped secure the win. Kuzma who might have had the biggest basket of the night tipping in a missed free throw by Ingram pushing the Lakers lead to 126-123 with nine seconds remaining, finished with 17 points in 31 minutes.
Josh Hart who got his second straight start in place of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had another solid offensive performance with 17 points in 36 minutes.
Coach Walton has to like the growth he's seeing from his young players. Outside of James, these are guys he will rely on night in and night out, and if the Lakers see the same growth from last year's second overall pick Lonzo Ball who hasn't played this preseason recovering from knee surgery, look out.
Next Game: Sat 10/6 vs Clippers