The Los Angeles Lakers won the pre-season opener against their city rivals. Although LeBron James, AD, Marc Gasol, Markieff Morris, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope sat out the game, the team looked great on the floor. It was a nice 87-81 win over the Clippers, and one particular player did really well in the game. Talen Horton-Tucker led the Lakers to a win despite the stretches of sloppy play.
Lakers head coach Frank Vogel had a chance to try out some of the newly-added players.
Montrezl Harrell had a cool start and provided a midrange jumper. He also drew an offensive foul early in the game.
Talen Horton-Tucker leads the Lakers to a win
Dennis Schroder went from the field after rushing to the rim for a layup. He impressed fans with his 3-pointer and gave the Lakers a tiny lead past the halfway mark of the first. The end of the Lakers bench finished the period and pulled out a 25-22 record.
Vogel rewarded Horton-Tucker with words of praise. The talented player earned these words with his performance in the second quarter. Horton-Tucker started with a nifty and-one and then sent a perfect pass to Devontae Cacok under the basket.
The Clippers had a slow start to the game, but then played through Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to earn a 34-30 lead.
The Lakers had another stretch with scarce scoring and their opponents stayed out in front. Quinn Cook and Harrell did their think at the end of the quarter, giving LA a chance to go 46-43 at halftime.
LA began the second half of the game with the starters. Kawhi and George sat out, giving the second unit a chance to score. Schroder and Harrell carried the offense but had a hard time fidning their footing with their teammates.
Horton-Tucker was at it again. He finished through contact on a drive and the defense strung together a few stops. The Clippers were able to maintain their advantage and entered the fourth quarter with a slight 61-59 lead. Kyle Kuzma knocked down a pair and Horton-Tucker converted a three-point play and Kyzma connected from deep to provide more separation.