LeBron James scored 18 points in 15 minutes, 38 seconds, helping the Los Angeles Lakers to their first victory of the preseason Thursday, a 129-123 triumph over the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center.
James made six of 10 shots, including missing his only 3-point attempt, and all six free throws. He pulled down three rebounds, had four assists and committed four turnovers.
The Lakers (1-2) outscored Sacramento by five points while James was on the court.
Like in the previous two preseason games, James did not play in the second half.
Guard Brandon Ingram led six Lakers in double figures with 31 points in 18:03 and had a plus-23 plus-minus, both game highs.
In a game with 20 lead changes and 15 ties, the Lakers took the lead for good with 41 seconds left on Ingram’s 14-foot shot. Ingram made two free throws with 37.4 seconds left, increasing the Lakers’ lead to 125-121.
The Kings (1-1) cut the lead to 125-123 with 20.6 seconds remaining on Kalin Lucas’ two free throws.
The Lakers scored the game’s final four points on Kyle Kuzma’s layup off a rebound and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s two free throws.
Rookie forward Marvin Bagley III, an alumnus of Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth, led six Sacramento players in double figures with 19 points in 31:49 off the bench.
The game was the Lakers’ first Pride Night, a celebration of diversity, inclusion and unity.
Retired NBA player Jason Collins received the “Laces of Unity” award from the Lakers during the game. Collins became the NBA’s first openly gay active player in 2013.
Collins has continued to work with the league as an NBA Cares ambassador on promoting acceptance and inclusion. The Laces of Unity Award recognizes individuals in the sports community who have significantly contributed to the LGBTQ community.