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Lakers beat Kings 67-66 in first half, move to 2-1 in halves LeBron James plays

The Lakers also got their first full game win of the preseason, with Brandon Ingram dropping 31 points and powering L.A. past the Sacramento Kings.

NBA: Preseason-Sacramento Kings at Los Angeles Lakers Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James once again sat the entire second half and analyzing that time doesn’t really make much sense, so all that really matters is that the Los Angeles Lakers made a late second quarter comeback to beat the Sacramento Kings 67-66 in the first half. The team is now 2-1 in the preseason in halves LeBron plays in.

James finished with 18 points on 6-10 shooting to go with 4 assists and 3 rebounds in 20 minutes of play. He really picked things up in the second quarter, which had a lot to do with the Lakers outscoring Sacramento 35-27 in the period.

For much of the first two quarters, the team looked sloppy against a young, energetic Sacramento Kings team that took advantage of mistakes on both ends of the floor.

Los Angeles started the game with no point guards on the floor as both Lonzo Ball and Rajon Rondo did not play. Their lineup of Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, LeBron, Kyle Kuzma and JaVale McGee looked like a group that hasn’t played much together but picked things up as the game went along.

De’Aaron Fox played very well against lineups that didn’t have anyone quick enough to stick with him on the perimeter. The Lakers were forced to sag off and he took advantage, knocking down a few threes. Kings fans will need to see that if he’s to live up to something close to his potential.

For the Lakers, Ingram’s activity off the ball on offense was most noteworthy, especially when James had the ball. Here’s an example of this in transition, but in the halfcourt, it looked as if Ingram and James are really building strong two-man game chemistry together.

Ingram also scored 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Lakers to their first full-game win, 128-123, with clutch plays down the stretch on offense and defense that led to some big praise from James.

The Lakers’ next preseason game will tip off at 7 p.m. in Anaheim, where the Lakers will take on the L.A. Clippers at the Honda Center.