SECOND overall pick Brandon Ingram had a dud for a preseason debut but surprise starter Lou Williams shined in his new role to lead the Los Angeles Lakers past the Sacramento Kings, 103-84, on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) in Anaheim, California.
Williams led the Lakers with 15 points but Ingram missed all five field goal attempts, four from 3-point range, and finished with two points in 27 minutes off the bench and fellow guard D'Angelo Russell had only four on 2-of-8 shooting.
Last season’s starting shooting guard Jordan Clarkson began the preseason under new coach Luke Walton in a reserve role but contributed 12 points and six rebounds in the win.
DeMarcus Cousins had 11 points and six rebounds in just 15 minutes. Arron Afflalo, who spent last season with the Knicks, led Sacramento with 14 points.
In other preseason games:
PACERS 113, PELICANS 96
PACERS: Al Jefferson scored 14 points, Thaddeus Young added 12 points and 10 rebounds and Jeff Teague scored 10 points in their preseason debuts for Indiana.
PELICANS: Sixth overall draft choice Buddy Hield scored 18 points in 29 minutes off the bench after scoring 19 points in his preseason debut on Saturday. Anthony Davis scored 12 points and blocked two shots in 18 minutes but made only three of 13 shots while going 6 of 8 on free throws.
HEAT 106, WIZARDS 95
HEAT: Hassan Whiteside had 20 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots. Justise Winslow and Dion Waiters both scored 12 points.
WIZARDS: Kelly Oubre led Washington with 16 points in its first game under Scott Brooks. Former Jazz guard Trey Burke had 14 points, starting at point guard while John Wall remains out while recovering from surgeries.