LeBron James registered his first ever win with the LA Lakers after they beat the Sacramento Kings in the preseason game at the Staple center.
LeBron had been anxious to register a win for his new franchise after he moved from the Cleveland Cavaliers in the summer.
James scored 18 points in a back-and-forth first half before resting in the second half, watching his team-mates pull out a 128-123 pre-season victory over the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.
Brandon Ingram missed two free throws with 10 seconds left, but Kyle Kuzma tipped in the second miss to give the Lakers a 126-123 lead.
Wenyen Gabriel had a good look at a tying 3-pointer but it hit the front of the rim.
Ingram finished with 31 points, 11 from the free throw line.
De’Aaron Fox scored all of his 18 points in the first half, going 4 of 6 from 3-point range for Sacramento. Second overall pick Marvin Bagley III had 19 points and 10 rebounds.
The Lakers (1-2) take on the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California in their next pre-season fixture.
It will be interesting to see how the Lakers will line up this season with so many hopes now being thrown at the shoulders at a predominantly young team being led by the veteran James LeBron.
Will the Lakers finally be able to make it back to the playoffs? That seems to be the big question of everyone’s lips after the 16 time champions secured one of the most prolific players of all time.
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Author: Moses Echodu
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