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Warriors Lose To Lakers In First Matchup Against West Coast James

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The Golden State Warriors fell to the Los Angeles Lakers in their preseason matchup in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, with the final score reading 123-113. LeBron James and the young Lakers held their own against the defending champions.

The Warriors played without Draymond Green, who sat out because of a knee injury but still traveled with the team.

This game was perhaps the most anticipated preseason matchup because it was a glimpse into how the Warriors would play against their longtime rival LeBron James in  his new West Coast environment.

Though he’s been busy with film and TV endeavors since joining the Lakers, James started off right where he left off after his amazing individual performance last season. He nearly had a triple double in the first half, and he capped off an electrifying half by draining a half-court shot at the buzzer with ease.

James finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists in 18 minutes. The Lakers young core scored in bunches as well. Kyle Kuzma had 22 points and Brandon Ingram scored a team-high 26, with 15 of them coming from the free throw line.

The three All-Stars that the Warriors did have played well in the first half, mostly. Durant had 18 after two quarters but fouled out midway through the third. Stephen Curry finished with 23 points and Klay Thompson finished with 20 points, but there was no real source of offensive firepower elsewhere.

Damian Jones had a notable performance, especially playing against former teammate Javale McGee down low. Jones was the only Warrior to finish with a positive plus/minus. He had 7 points (3-3 FG) and had 5 steals.

The Warriors shot only 55% from the free throw line, while the Lakers shot 82.6% and were more aggressive in getting to the line all game. Much like usual, turnovers also plagued the Warriors; they committed 25.

The two teams will play again on Friday in San Jose, but James is not expected to play.

 

Denver Nuggets Agree To 1-Year Deal With Isaiah Thomas

By Michael Spencer DENVER (CBS4)– The Denver Nuggets have agreed to a one-year deal with veteran point guard Isaiah Thomas according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Thomas, who is entering his 8th year in the NBA, will be reunited with Nuggets head coach Michael Malone who coached him when both were in Sacramento.
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Isaiah Thomas of the Los Angeles Lakers (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

Thomas played in just 32 games last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers. He averaged 15.6 points per game in 17 games with the Lakers.
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The move spices things up at the back-up point guard competition. 2017 second round draft pick Monte Morris was expected to be the Nuggets back-up point guard behind Jamal Murray; however that job now seems less than secure.
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For his career Thomas has averaged 18.9 points and 5.1 assists per game. Michael Spencer is a Sports Anchor at CBS4. Read his bio or connect with him on Twitter @MichaelCBS4.

Lakers Forward Kyle Kuzma Thanks ‘The Rock’ For Helping Him Add Muscle This Summer

Ryan Mayer Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson made a visit to speak to the Los Angeles Lakers this season as part of Vice President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson and General Manager Rob Pelinka’s “Genius Talk” series. The impassioned speech that Johnson delivered apparently resonated with young forward Kyle Kuzma who has begun to add some bulk this offseason and he’s thanking “The Rock” for it.   Instagram Photo   Kuzma exploded onto the scene during his rookie season this year after being taken with the 27th overall pick in last June’s draft posting 16 points and six rebounds per game in over 30 minutes of action per night. In addition to hitting the weights, it looks like Kuzma has been working on his post moves in preparation for next season.

Lakers Forward Kyle Kuzma Thanks ‘The Rock’ For Helping Him Add Muscle This Summer

Ryan Mayer Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson made a visit to speak to the Los Angeles Lakers this season as part of Vice President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson and General Manager Rob Pelinka’s “Genius Talk” series. The impassioned speech that Johnson delivered apparently resonated with young forward Kyle Kuzma who has begun to add some bulk this offseason and he’s thanking “The Rock” for it.   Instagram Photo   Kuzma exploded onto the scene during his rookie season this year after being taken with the 27th overall pick in last June’s draft posting 16 points and six rebounds per game in over 30 minutes of action per night. In addition to hitting the weights, it looks like Kuzma has been working on his post moves in preparation for next season.

Andre Ingram’s Long Road To The NBA

By Matt Citak The NBA has reached the final week of another regular season, and each of the league’s 30 teams has one of two mentalities. Playoff teams are preparing themselves for postseason play, while lottery teams are getting ready for the long offseason. For players that play for teams in the bottom half of the standings, the final few games often don’t hold much significance. The playoff hunt is over, and within the next few days, they’ll be clearing out their lockers. The Los Angeles Lakers were eliminated from the postseason weeks ago, but Tuesday night’s loss to the Houston Rockets was anything but insignificant. For one man, it was a dream come true. Andre Ingram was drafted into the G League on November 1, 2007. He spent the next 10 years playing in the NBA’s development league, logging time with the Utah Flash, Los Angeles D-Fenders, Perth Wildcats, and South Bay Lakers. >>MORE: NBA Coverage
Andre Ingram #20 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates after making a three pointer in the second half of the game against the Houston Rockets on April 10, 2018 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California.

Andre Ingram (Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

Throughout his time in the G League, Ingram refused to give up on his dream of one day making the NBA. The 6-foot-3 guard kept his head held high and put in the work each and every day. Ingram’s effort led to him setting the all-time G League record for most three-pointers made, while also ranking second all time in games played. Off the court, Ingram tutored young students in math for years just to keep his NBA dream alive On April 9, all of his hard work finally paid off when the Lakers signed the 32-year-old for the team’s final two games. If this were where the narrative ended, it would already make for a feel-good story. But what Ingram accomplished during Los Angeles’s loss Tuesday night was nothing short of amazing. Before Ingram even stepped onto the court, everyone inside the Staples Center understood that this was an incredibly special moment. As Ingram was checking into the game, Rockets star Chris Paul walked over from Houston’s bench to pay his respects to the rookie. When was the last time you saw a player walk over to greet and congratulate an opponent before they checked into their first game? But what Ingram did once on the court truly put the icing on the cake. The 32-year-old made his first four shots in front of the home crowd, including three from behind the three-point line. Ingram finished the game with 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including 4-of-5 from deep, and 3 blocks. After each shot made, the Staples Center crowd would serenade him with “MVP” chants, all while the league’s likely actual MVP, James Harden, watched from the opposing bench. While it makes for an amazing story, Ingram’s performance will go down as one of the strongest Lakers’ debuts in team history. His 19 points were the most by a Laker in his first career game since 1993, when Nick Van Exel scored 23. In fact, only Van Exel, Magic Johnson (26 points in 1979) and Jerry West (20 points in 1960) had more productive debuts with the storied franchise. But Ingram’s success on Tuesday night goes beyond the Lakers. For players making their NBA debut after the All-Star break, his 19 points were the most in over 50 years, second only to Danny Finn’s 28 points in 1953. Following his magical performance, several players took to social media to congratulate Ingram, including Isaiah Thomas, Jeremy Lin, Jarrett Jack, Kyle O’Quinn, and even Kobe Bryant. No matter what team you play or cheer for, just about everyone across the country was pulling for Ingram on Tuesday. Andre Ingram is a true inspiration for anyone chasing their lifelong dream, showing us that hard work and determination, can make almost anything is possible. Now let’s see what he can do as an encore in Los Angeles’s season finale on Wednesday. Matt Citak is a contributor for CBS Local Sports and a proud Vanderbilt alum. Follow him on Twitter.

Andre Ingram’s Long Road To The NBA

By Matt Citak The NBA has reached the final week of another regular season, and each of the league’s 30 teams has one of two mentalities. Playoff teams are preparing themselves for postseason play, while lottery teams are getting ready for the long offseason. For players that play for teams in the bottom half of the standings, the final few games often don’t hold much significance. The playoff hunt is over, and within the next few days, they’ll be clearing out their lockers. The Los Angeles Lakers were eliminated from the postseason weeks ago, but Tuesday night’s loss to the Houston Rockets was anything but insignificant. For one man, it was a dream come true. Andre Ingram was drafted into the G League on November 1, 2007. He spent the next 10 years playing in the NBA’s development league, logging time with the Utah Flash, Los Angeles D-Fenders, Perth Wildcats, and South Bay Lakers. >>MORE: NBA Coverage
Andre Ingram #20 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates after making a three pointer in the second half of the game against the Houston Rockets on April 10, 2018 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California.

Andre Ingram (Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

Throughout his time in the G League, Ingram refused to give up on his dream of one day making the NBA. The 6-foot-3 guard kept his head held high and put in the work each and every day. Ingram’s effort led to him setting the all-time G League record for most three-pointers made, while also ranking second all time in games played. Off the court, Ingram tutored young students in math for years just to keep his NBA dream alive On April 9, all of his hard work finally paid off when the Lakers signed the 32-year-old for the team’s final two games. If this were where the narrative ended, it would already make for a feel-good story. But what Ingram accomplished during Los Angeles’s loss Tuesday night was nothing short of amazing. Before Ingram even stepped onto the court, everyone inside the Staples Center understood that this was an incredibly special moment. As Ingram was checking into the game, Rockets star Chris Paul walked over from Houston’s bench to pay his respects to the rookie. When was the last time you saw a player walk over to greet and congratulate an opponent before they checked into their first game? But what Ingram did once on the court truly put the icing on the cake. The 32-year-old made his first four shots in front of the home crowd, including three from behind the three-point line. Ingram finished the game with 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including 4-of-5 from deep, and 3 blocks. After each shot made, the Staples Center crowd would serenade him with “MVP” chants, all while the league’s likely actual MVP, James Harden, watched from the opposing bench. While it makes for an amazing story, Ingram’s performance will go down as one of the strongest Lakers’ debuts in team history. His 19 points were the most by a Laker in his first career game since 1993, when Nick Van Exel scored 23. In fact, only Van Exel, Magic Johnson (26 points in 1979) and Jerry West (20 points in 1960) had more productive debuts with the storied franchise. But Ingram’s success on Tuesday night goes beyond the Lakers. For players making their NBA debut after the All-Star break, his 19 points were the most in over 50 years, second only to Danny Finn’s 28 points in 1953. Following his magical performance, several players took to social media to congratulate Ingram, including Isaiah Thomas, Jeremy Lin, Jarrett Jack, Kyle O’Quinn, and even Kobe Bryant. No matter what team you play or cheer for, just about everyone across the country was pulling for Ingram on Tuesday. Andre Ingram is a true inspiration for anyone chasing their lifelong dream, showing us that hard work and determination, can make almost anything is possible. Now let’s see what he can do as an encore in Los Angeles’s season finale on Wednesday. Matt Citak is a contributor for CBS Local Sports and a proud Vanderbilt alum. Follow him on Twitter.

Andre Ingram’s Long Road To The NBA

By Matt Citak The NBA has reached the final week of another regular season, and each of the league’s 30 teams has one of two mentalities. Playoff teams are preparing themselves for postseason play, while lottery teams are getting ready for the long offseason. For players that play for teams in the bottom half of the standings, the final few games often don’t hold much significance. The playoff hunt is over, and within the next few days, they’ll be clearing out their lockers. The Los Angeles Lakers were eliminated from the postseason weeks ago, but Tuesday night’s loss to the Houston Rockets was anything but insignificant. For one man, it was a dream come true. Andre Ingram was drafted into the G League on November 1, 2007. He spent the next 10 years playing in the NBA’s development league, logging time with the Utah Flash, Los Angeles D-Fenders, Perth Wildcats, and South Bay Lakers. >>MORE: NBA Coverage
Andre Ingram #20 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates after making a three pointer in the second half of the game against the Houston Rockets on April 10, 2018 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California.

Andre Ingram (Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

Throughout his time in the G League, Ingram refused to give up on his dream of one day making the NBA. The 6-foot-3 guard kept his head held high and put in the work each and every day. Ingram’s effort led to him setting the all-time G League record for most three-pointers made, while also ranking second all time in games played. Off the court, Ingram tutored young students in math for years just to keep his NBA dream alive On April 9, all of his hard work finally paid off when the Lakers signed the 32-year-old for the team’s final two games. If this were where the narrative ended, it would already make for a feel-good story. But what Ingram accomplished during Los Angeles’s loss Tuesday night was nothing short of amazing. Before Ingram even stepped onto the court, everyone inside the Staples Center understood that this was an incredibly special moment. As Ingram was checking into the game, Rockets star Chris Paul walked over from Houston’s bench to pay his respects to the rookie. When was the last time you saw a player walk over to greet and congratulate an opponent before they checked into their first game? But what Ingram did once on the court truly put the icing on the cake. The 32-year-old made his first four shots in front of the home crowd, including three from behind the three-point line. Ingram finished the game with 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including 4-of-5 from deep, and 3 blocks. After each shot made, the Staples Center crowd would serenade him with “MVP” chants, all while the league’s likely actual MVP, James Harden, watched from the opposing bench. While it makes for an amazing story, Ingram’s performance will go down as one of the strongest Lakers’ debuts in team history. His 19 points were the most by a Laker in his first career game since 1993, when Nick Van Exel scored 23. In fact, only Van Exel, Magic Johnson (26 points in 1979) and Jerry West (20 points in 1960) had more productive debuts with the storied franchise. But Ingram’s success on Tuesday night goes beyond the Lakers. For players making their NBA debut after the All-Star break, his 19 points were the most in over 50 years, second only to Danny Finn’s 28 points in 1953. Following his magical performance, several players took to social media to congratulate Ingram, including Isaiah Thomas, Jeremy Lin, Jarrett Jack, Kyle O’Quinn, and even Kobe Bryant. No matter what team you play or cheer for, just about everyone across the country was pulling for Ingram on Tuesday. Andre Ingram is a true inspiration for anyone chasing their lifelong dream, showing us that hard work and determination, can make almost anything is possible. Now let’s see what he can do as an encore in Los Angeles’s season finale on Wednesday. Matt Citak is a contributor for CBS Local Sports and a proud Vanderbilt alum. Follow him on Twitter.

Andre Ingram’s Long Road To The NBA

By Matt Citak The NBA has reached the final week of another regular season, and each of the league’s 30 teams has one of two mentalities. Playoff teams are preparing themselves for postseason play, while lottery teams are getting ready for the long offseason. For players that play for teams in the bottom half of the standings, the final few games often don’t hold much significance. The playoff hunt is over, and within the next few days, they’ll be clearing out their lockers. The Los Angeles Lakers were eliminated from the postseason weeks ago, but Tuesday night’s loss to the Houston Rockets was anything but insignificant. For one man, it was a dream come true. Andre Ingram was drafted into the G League on November 1, 2007. He spent the next 10 years playing in the NBA’s development league, logging time with the Utah Flash, Los Angeles D-Fenders, Perth Wildcats, and South Bay Lakers. >>MORE: NBA Coverage
Andre Ingram #20 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates after making a three pointer in the second half of the game against the Houston Rockets on April 10, 2018 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California.

Andre Ingram (Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

Throughout his time in the G League, Ingram refused to give up on his dream of one day making the NBA. The 6-foot-3 guard kept his head held high and put in the work each and every day. Ingram’s effort led to him setting the all-time G League record for most three-pointers made, while also ranking second all time in games played. Off the court, Ingram tutored young students in math for years just to keep his NBA dream alive On April 9, all of his hard work finally paid off when the Lakers signed the 32-year-old for the team’s final two games. If this were where the narrative ended, it would already make for a feel-good story. But what Ingram accomplished during Los Angeles’s loss Tuesday night was nothing short of amazing. Before Ingram even stepped onto the court, everyone inside the Staples Center understood that this was an incredibly special moment. As Ingram was checking into the game, Rockets star Chris Paul walked over from Houston’s bench to pay his respects to the rookie. When was the last time you saw a player walk over to greet and congratulate an opponent before they checked into their first game? But what Ingram did once on the court truly put the icing on the cake. The 32-year-old made his first four shots in front of the home crowd, including three from behind the three-point line. Ingram finished the game with 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including 4-of-5 from deep, and 3 blocks. After each shot made, the Staples Center crowd would serenade him with “MVP” chants, all while the league’s likely actual MVP, James Harden, watched from the opposing bench. While it makes for an amazing story, Ingram’s performance will go down as one of the strongest Lakers’ debuts in team history. His 19 points were the most by a Laker in his first career game since 1993, when Nick Van Exel scored 23. In fact, only Van Exel, Magic Johnson (26 points in 1979) and Jerry West (20 points in 1960) had more productive debuts with the storied franchise. But Ingram’s success on Tuesday night goes beyond the Lakers. For players making their NBA debut after the All-Star break, his 19 points were the most in over 50 years, second only to Danny Finn’s 28 points in 1953. Following his magical performance, several players took to social media to congratulate Ingram, including Isaiah Thomas, Jeremy Lin, Jarrett Jack, Kyle O’Quinn, and even Kobe Bryant. No matter what team you play or cheer for, just about everyone across the country was pulling for Ingram on Tuesday. Andre Ingram is a true inspiration for anyone chasing their lifelong dream, showing us that hard work and determination, can make almost anything is possible. Now let’s see what he can do as an encore in Los Angeles’s season finale on Wednesday. Matt Citak is a contributor for CBS Local Sports and a proud Vanderbilt alum. Follow him on Twitter.

Lakers Overcome Bulls, 108-103

CHICAGO (AP) — Brandon Ingram scored 25 points, including eight in the final 3:18, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied late for a 108-103 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night after losing a 12-point, fourth-quarter lead. Jordan Clarkson had 19 points and Brook Lopez added 17 for the Lakers, who have won four straight and eight of 10. Los Angeles trailed 95-92 with less than four minutes to play before Ingram — who also had nine rebounds and was 10 for 18 from the field — started the rally with a pair of free throws. Nikola Mirotic scored 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, and Denzel Valentine and Bobby Portis had 16 apiece for Chicago, which has dropped three straight. This was the opener of a five-game road trip for Los Angeles, which led by as much as 15 in the first half before Chicago rallied to tie the score at 68 early in the third quarter. The Lakers, though, answered with 11 straight points and led 84-72 entering the fourth. The Bulls rallied again and took a 92-90 lead with 5 1/2 minutes remaining on Valentine’s 3-pointer. It was Chicago’s first lead since 3-2. Mirotic hit a 3-pointer to give the Bulls the 95-92 lead before Los Angeles took control. TIP-INS Bulls: Zach LaVine, playing in just his seventh game of the season following ACL surgery last February, played a season-high 26 minutes. His minutes restriction was lifted to 26-28 minutes before the game. Chicago was 17 for 36 on 3-pointers and now has made at least 10 3s in each of its last 11 home games. DUNN STILL OUT Chicago G Kris Dunn missed his fourth straight game with a concussion, and it’s unclear when he might return. “The symptoms really haven’t changed much,” coach Fred Hoiberg said. “He’s feeling a little bit better today, but he’s still doing very limited physical activity.” Dunn, who suffered the concussion following a hard fall in a game on Jan. 17, still is experiencing headaches, fatigue and grogginess. The Bulls host the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday. (© 2018 by STATS LLC and Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.)

Durant Leads Warriors Past Lakers for 11th Straight Win

OAKLAND (AP) — Kevin Durant had 33 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and four blocks, and the Golden State Warriors held off the Los Angeles Lakers 113-106 on Friday night for their 11th straight victory. Rookie Jordan Bell recorded his first career double-double with season bests of 20 points and 10 rebounds, making a key layup with 2:45 to go and dunking a minute later. Klay Thompson scored 16 points and Draymond Green added 13 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists as he came back from a shoulder injury for the defending champs. Kyle Kuzma scored 27 points and fellow rookie Lonzo Ball had 24 points with five 3-pointers in his first visit to Oracle Arena. Julius Randle added 21 points off the bench for Los Angeles, which snapped the Rockets’ 14-game winning streak Wednesday night in Houston. Durant shot 9 for 20 in the Warriors’ 10th win in a row at home against the Lakers and sixth overall after Golden State outlasted the Lakers in overtime Monday night in Los Angeles. Warriors coach Steve Kerr and Lakers coach and former top Golden State assistant Luke Walton had a nice chat near the Warriors bench after the final buzzer. Still without two-time MVP Stephen Curry, Golden State got some much-needed reinforcements. Green returned after missing five of six games with soreness in his right shoulder, while Andre Iguodala also was back after sitting out Wednesday night’s win against Memphis with flu-like symptoms. The Lakers, who trailed by as many as 23 in the third quarter before getting within 84-72 going into the final 12 minutes, briefly took their first lead of the night at 89-88 on Randle’s 3-pointer with 7:43 remaining. Los Angeles cut the lead to 86-81 on a steal by Josh Hart and Kuzma’s layup with 9:39 left, then 88-86 when Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit a 3-pointer at the 8:09 mark. TIP-INS Lakers: C Brook Lopez missed his second straight game with a sprained right ankle. … Los Angeles shot 11 for 29 from long range after making 15 3-pointers against the Rockets two days earlier. The Lakers shot 33.3 percent in getting outscored 34-20 in the second quarter to fall behind 61-44 at halftime. Warriors: Durant went 12 for 13 at the line — making his first seven — to go over the 1,000 mark for career free throws. … Shaun Livingston (sore right knee) and Zaza Pachulia (left shoulder soreness) were still out for Golden State. Pachulia missed his sixth straight game and seventh in eight, while Livingston sat out his third in a row. … Golden State went 13 for 24 (54.2 percent) in the second. UNDER CAREFUL WATCH Caldwell-Pope started and had 10 points, five rebounds and four assists. He is serving a 25-day sentence at an Orange County detention center after violating his probation on a drunken driving arrest, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday. Caldwell-Pope is allowed to leave the Seal Beach Police Department Detention Center for practice and Lakers games in California under a work-release program, but must wear a GPS monitor outside the facility. Caldwell-Pope had missed two road games, and wasn’t to travel for games in Houston on Dec. 31 and Minnesota on Jan. 1. NO CURRY FOR CHRISTMAS While Curry could test his sprained right ankle with some on-court work Sunday, Kerr said it would be “irresponsible” to play him Christmas Day against the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals rematch. “As much as everybody wants to see him, as much as I want to see him on the floor, we have to be smart with this — 99.999 percent that he’s out,” Kerr said. UP NEXT Warriors: Host the Nuggets on Saturday looking for a sixth straight home win in the series before welcoming the Cavaliers on Christmas Day in an NBA Finals rematch. © Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed