D'Angelo Russell had a spectacular all-around game with 20 points, 11 rebounds and six assists as the Los Angeles Lakers took down the New Orleans Pelicans 85-65. The Lakers won their first Summer League contest of the year with strong play on both ends of the floor, featuring some impressive play from Russell, Brandon Ingram and the rest of the main core.
Larry Nance Jr. and Ingram also stepped up for the Lakers. Nance Jr. scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds and showed he could provide two-way play off the bench. Ingram showed promise in his first real NBA action, scoring 12 points on five-of-nine shooting. Ingram also added four rebounds and two blocks. LA's second round pick Ivica Zubac also had a decent game with 11 points, five rebounds and three blocks. His size around the rim definitely made an impact.
The Lakers played great defense on Buddy Hield, the sixth-overall pick for New Orleans. The shooting guard out of Oklahoma had a rough game, going 5-for-20 from the floor and finishing with 13 points. Cheick Diallo, the Pelicans' second-round pick, had a decent showing with 11 points, seven rebounds and three blocks.
The Lakers held New Orleans to 33 percent shooting from the floor and just 15 percent from behind the arc. Los Angeles also got the free throw line more often, taking 24 shots from the stripe to just 14 for the Pelicans.
The Lakers will continue summer league play tomorrow against No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers. Tipoff is at 5:30 PT.