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Zach Norvell Jr. leads Lakers to first blowout Summer League win

Zach Norvell showed why the Lakers committed a two-way slot to him, while Devontae Cacok bounced back from his disappointing debut.

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The Los Angeles Lakers got their first win of the Summer League season with a 100-90 victory over the Golden State Warriors at the California Classic tournament in Sacramento on Tuesday.

For the second night in a row, the Lakers were led by guard Zach Norvell Jr., who officially signed a two-way contract with the team on Monday. Luckily, this time Norvell’s efforts came in a win.

In 27 minutes for the Lakers on Tuesday, Norvell tallied 20 points on 70 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed five rebounds, which would have been tied for the team-high had Devontae Cacok not feasted on the boards.

In his second outing for Los Angeles, Cacok grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds while contributing 16 points. While it might only summer league, it was technically Cacok’s first career double-double. That’s cause for celebration in our book.

As if that wasn’t enough, Cacok posted a game-high +25 box plus-minus, a stark contrast from his first go at it on Monday. For a guy looking to find a home on an NBA affiliate team, he’s going to need more nights like this.

Lastly, Jordan Howard performed well in the limited minutes he got. Howard posted 9 points on 4-9 shooting from the field and grabbed three rebounds. While veteran guard Joe Young works to find his shot, Howard should probably see more minutes from Coby Karl going forward.

The Lakers will be back at it on Wednesday to take on the Sacramento Kings for their first matchup of the season. Marvin Bagley III is one the team’s roster, but it would be surprising to see him play on Wednesday, which is good news for the Lakers.

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