The Lakers live to play another day in Las Vegas.
Los Angeles defeated Cleveland, 94-83, Thursday night and advance to play Brooklyn tomorrow in the summer league quarterfinals. Ivica Zubac scored the first basket of the game, and the Lakers never trailed against the previously undefeated Cavaliers.
Lonzo Ball once again set the tone for the Lakers, as the triple-double watch started early in the first quarter. Ball finished with 16 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds, 5 steals, and 2 blocks while sporting his third pair of shoes in as many games.
Kyle Kuzma was the leading scorer for Los Angeles, with 20 points on 14 shots. Vander Blue and Zubac also chipped in with 18 and 13 points, respectively. Recent two-way signee Alex Caruso scored 7 points and was the only bench player with a positive plus-minus (plus-12) for the Lakers.
Cleveland fell behind by as many as 10 points in the first quarter and had to fight back throughout the game. The Cavaliers, led by 2016 draftee Kay Felder’s 25 points, tied the score on several occasions, but could never get over the hump.
The Lakers had a sizable advantage from three-point range, knocking down 10 threes to just one triple for Cleveland. Kuzma was the primary long-range threat; he made 4 of 8 from downtown.
Los Angeles was once again without first-round pick Josh Hart. His status for Friday’s game has not been determined.