The Lakers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in the second game of Las Vegas Summer League on Saturday night, improving to a record of 1-1 in Las Vegas. This squads first lead came in a 68-60 victory.
Jordan Clarkson led the way once again with 19 points, at times proving that he's just too much for Summer League competition. The only reason to still be intrigued with watching him in Vegas is to see more of how he and Russell will work as a backcourt. So far, it looks pretty promising.
D'Angelo Russell struggled more than he did in the first game, most notably with 7 turnovers and shooting 4-15 from the field, though he did snag 8 rebounds. At times, Russell simply looked out of energy. Expect him to look sharper on Monday. But goodness, are his passes fun.
Larry Nance, Jr. might have emerged as a fan favorite tonight. In 28 minutes, he had 8 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, and one monstrous, vicious block. Chants of "LARRY! LARRY! LARRY!" emerged several times at the Thomas & Mack Center. Some of the cause was Nance's solid play, some of it was that's a fun name to chant.
New Lakers signee Robert Upshaw did not score or put up much of a stat line, though at times his defensive impact was quite present. Julius Randle did not play tonight on the back-to-back, but expect him to be in the starting lineup on Monday.
For the Sixers, #3 pick Jahlil Okafor had a solid night with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists. At times, he looked a little too quick for Upshaw, but the latter has admitted he is not in great conditioning at the moment.
The Lakers play next on Monday at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas against the New York Knicks at 5:30 PT.