The Los Angeles Lakers managed to hang on to notch their first preseason victory in a 75-69 win over the Sacramento Kings in Las Vegas. What was a hot start for the Lakers became a sloppy second half, but solid play through the final 12 minutes let the Lakers pay a visit to the win column.
It was Julius Randle who led the scoring charge, unseating Kyle Kuzma for the first time through exhibition. Randle finished with a double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Coincidentally, he did so while playing off the bench. Head coach Luke Walton gave Larry Nance, Jr. the starting nod next to their finally-arrived center.
Brook Lopez’s career with the Lakers got off to a promising start, with the Lakers immediately feeling his impact. The offense ran through Lopez over-and-over during the first quarter, with Lopez showing a little bit of everything that makes him one of the best scoring centers in the league.
Brook finished his first game as a Laker with 12 points and three rebounds, making both of his three-point attempts. It was easy to see how the Lakers’ offense can fall back on Lopez as they work on strengthening their Xs and Os, but more on that tomorrow.
It wasn’t pretty, but the Lakers managed to close it out down the stretch. The Lakers had back to Los Angeles to host the Utah Jazz at STAPLES Center on Tuesday.