IT seems LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers can already contend with the Golden State Warriors after all.
In the preseason.
The Lakers rolled past the Warriors, 123-113, on Thursday, Manila time behind a solid showing in the middle quarters in neutral territory at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Brandon Ingram continued to flash his improvement, pumping in 26 points on 15-of-17 shooting from the charity stripe, on top of five boards, one assist, and one steal in 26 minutes.
Kyle Kuzma added 22 points, three boards, two blocks, one assist, and one steal in 24 minutes off the bench,
James, the former Cleveland Cavs cornerstone who met the Warriors in the finals the last three years, finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and one steal in just 18 minutes.
Steph Curry led the defending champion Warriors with 23 points, five assists, three caroms, and two steals against five turnovers in 26 minutes.