The LA Lakers defeated the LA Clippers in their first preseason match, 87-81. Apart from this match, four more took place last night around the league.
Without LeBron and Anthony Davis involved, the reigning champions made a push in the last period to earn an 87-81 victory over the city rivals. They would win the final sequence with 28-20, showing that there is a lot of quality among the reshaped roster that involved newcomers Dennis Schroder and the former Clipper, Montrezl Harrell.
Harrell played 31 minutes against his former team, scoring 13 points and grabbing 12 rebounds, while Schroder had 10 buckets with 4 boards. Talen Horton-Tucker scored a game-high 19 points, with nine rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Kyle Kuzma added 18 points.
The Clippers had 18 players involved in this event, with Paul George being the most efficient with just 10 points. Kawhi Leonard had three.
Houston Rockets played without James Harden but with DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall. They would defeat the Chicago Bulls, 125-104, with both of these guys having a solid role on the court.
Cousins had 14 points and five boards, with two assists, two steals, and blocks, while Wall added 13 buckets with nine assists. Coby White had 15 for the Bulls, Markannen 13, and LaVine 12. No.4 pick from this draft, Patrick Williams, had 12 points in 25 minutes.
The New York Knicks were confident against the Detroit Pistons, 90-84. Even though the final result isn’t suggesting that, the Knicks were in control all the time, having an 18-point lead at one moment. RJ Barrett scored 15 points for the visitors. Obi Toppin scored 11 off the bench adding 7 rebounds. With the Pistons, the guy who as picked one-place ahead of Toppin, No.7 Killian Hayes, didn’t have an impressive start with seven turnovers and just five points in 21 minutes.
Carmelo Anthony demolished the Sacramento Kings, as his Trail Blazers beat the rivals 127-102. Melo had 21 points, three players added 18 each, Harry Giles III, Gary Trent Jr, and CJ McCollum. Among the Kings, Buddy Hield had 23 buckets.
Orlando Magic was better than the Atlanta Hawks, 116-112. As usual, Nikola Vucevic led the team from Florida with 18 points and 11 boards. Dwayne Bacon scored 14 and Evan Fournier 13. On the other side, the Hawks saw DeAndre Hunter racking 18 buckets. Newly acquired Bogdan Bogdanovic had 9, and Danillo Gallinari 14. Trae Young was quiet with 7 points, while Clint Capela scored 8 and had 14 boards.