Los Angeles Lakers fall to the Sacramento Kings in their first game back from the layoff after last season’s howler.
The game was at the Crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles. After a long offseason, the Los Angeles Lakers finally returned to the court on Monday night when they kicked off the 2022-23 preseason by hosting the Sacramento Kings.
The Lakers had a solid first half but were not able to maintain in the second half, ultimately falling 105-75.
The beginning of the second quarter was highlighted by the play of Davis, who drained a pick-and-pop three on a feed from Westbrook, in addition to some nice defensive plays. Summer League MVP Keegan Murray looked suitable for the Kings, though, with seven early points to keep it close.
Oddly enough, James struggled the most for the Lakers, missing a few layups and starting 0-for-6 to kick off his 20th season.