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LeBron gets first win in L.A. as Lakers defeat Kings

The Associated Press

The Lakers’ LeBron James, right, and Lance Stephenson celebrate a dunk by a teammate during the second half of Thursday’s preseason game against the Sacramento Kings in Los Angeles.

The Associated Press LeBron James is a winner for the first time as a Laker.

James scored 18 points in a back-and-forth first half before resting in the second half, watching his teammates pull out a 128-123 preseason 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.

Buddy Hield added 16 points with four of Sacramento’s 13 3-pointers.

The Lakers held their first LGBT Pride Night, presenting the “Laces of Unity” award before the game to former NBA player Jason Collins. Jeanie Buss, the Lakers’ controlling owner and president, dyed her hair multiple colors in support of the occasion.

In other action, Victor Oladipo made four 3-pointers and scored 24 points, Domantas Sabonis had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Houston Rockets 110-100 in their preseason opener.

TJ Leaf, starting in place of Thaddeus Young, had 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Reigning NBA MVP James Harden had 17 points and 10 assists in Houston’s first home game. Carmelo Anthony added 16 points.

Indiana went into halftime with some momentum after Leaf blocked Chris Paul’s 3-pointer and Oladipo banked in a 3-pointer just before the buzzer for a 54-48 lead. The Pacers also beat the third-quarter buzzer when Bojan Bogdanovic sank a 3-pointer for an 83-82 lead.

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