LAS VEGAS—The Los Angeles Lakers lost a pre-season game against the Sacramento Kings 116-104 on Thursday, October 13, despite another impressive outing from second year point guard D’Angelo Russell.
The Ohio State standout finished the game with 31 points and 11 assists, while making 10-14 shot attempts, including 5-6 three-pointers and committing only 2 turnovers. Russell is currently the leagues fifth leading scorer in the pre-season, averaging 20.2 points per game.
Russell explained his success post-game. “I just tried to do a little bit of everything, at this level guys are capable of doing whatever they want to. If they want to get 15 or 10 assists, get 10 rebounds, anything is possible. I really tried to set my standards high today.”
Forward Julius Randle tallied 6 points, 5 assists and 10 rebounds. Shooting guard Jordan Clarkson continued to come off of the bench for the Lakers, scoring 18 points in 23 minutes of action.
The Sacramento Kings opted to rest all-star center DeMarcus Cousins, and were led by veteran Anthony Tolliver, who scored 21 points for the Kings. Ex-Laker Jordan Farmer chipped in 14 points off of the bench for Sacramento.
The Lakers will stay in Las Vegas where they face the Golden State Warriors at the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday, October 15.