The Los Angeles Lakers secured their first preseason victory against the Brooklyn Nets, defeating D’Angelo Russell’s new team by a narrow margin of 129-126 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
- D’Angelo Russell, formerly with the Lakers and now a member of the Brooklyn Nets, had an impressive performance against his former team.
- Russell attributed the Lakers’ victory to their strong team chemistry, emphasizing its importance in preseason success.
- The 6’4″ point guard signed a lucrative two-year, $37 million deal with the Lakers during the offseason, and his contributions are expected to be significant.
In a thrilling preseason matchup at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the Los Angeles Lakers managed to secure their first victory of the preseason campaign. Their opponents, the Brooklyn Nets, led by former Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell, put up a strong fight, but the Lakers ultimately prevailed with a narrow 129-126 win.
Russell, who had previously represented the Lakers and was named an All-Star in 2019 during his time with the team, showcased his skills on the court. In just over 16 minutes of play, he made a significant impact, contributing 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field, including an impressive 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. Russell also displayed his playmaking abilities with six assists, added two steals to his stat line, and secured a rebound.
One of the key factors that Russell highlighted in a postgame interview with Mike Trudell of Spectrum SportsNet was the Lakers’ team chemistry. He emphasized that strong chemistry played a crucial role in securing the victory, highlighting how well the team worked together despite it being the early stages of the preseason.
During the previous season, Russell averaged 17.4 points per game while shooting with efficiency, boasting impressive percentages of .484 from the field, .414 from three-point range, and .735 from the free-throw line. He also contributed 6.1 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 0.6 steals, and 0.5 blocks in the 17 regular-season games he played with the Lakers. Russell’s outstanding performance and versatility earned him a lucrative two-year, $37 million contract with the Lakers during the offseason.
As the preseason progresses, Lakers fans can look forward to more exciting moments from D’Angelo Russell and the team as they aim to build on this early victory and fine-tune their game for the upcoming regular season.