LeBron, Lonzo take the floor together for first time
He had a better view Wednesday.
James and Ball were on-court teammates for the first time when the Lakers beat the Golden State Warriors 123-113, back in Las Vegas. Ball didn’t start the preseason contest, but replaced Rajon Rondo just 2 minutes, 13 seconds into the game.
“It’s just fun to have our full group,” James said.
James and Ball didn’t play very much. Ball has been recovering from a knee issue, and it was his first appearance this preseason.
James didn’t want to burden his new point guard with a lot of expectations, so he was keeping his approach very simple.
“He plays basketball,” James said of Ball before the game. “He knows how to play basketball.”
It was James’ first game against the Warriors since last season’s NBA Finals — when his second stint as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers ended with Golden State sweeping its way to a second consecutive championship. But he downplayed the exhibition being any extension of his rivalry with the Warriors, or the rivalry between the California clubs.
“Preseason game,” James said.
John Wall scored 32 points, including a layup with 1:26 left that put Washington ahead for good.
WIZARDS: Markieff Morris scored 15 points and Jason Smith added 14. … Washington once led by as many as 14 before needing big plays from Wall late to pull out the win.
PISTONS: Detroit took 45 shots from 3-point range, 42 from 2-point range. … Reggie Bullock was 4 for 8 from beyond the arc.
UP NEXT: Washington (3-1) hosts the Guangzhou Long-Lions on Friday. Detroit (1-3) faces Cleveland in East Lansing, Michigan, on Friday.
Jonathan Issac and Aaron Gordon each scored 15 points for Orlando.
GRIZZLIES: Memphis was outrebounded 54-38, and 12-1 on the offensive glass. … Marc Gasol and Jaren Jackson each scored 10.
MAGIC: Orlando took control with a 12-1 run in the second quarter. … Rookie Mo Bamba didn’t play because of a bruised wrist.
PELICANS: Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday rested. … Nikola Mirotic scored 19, while Elfrid Payton and Darius Miller each scored 17. … New Orleans’ 24 turnovers turned into 39 Miami points. … The Pelicans shot 56 percent and never led.
HEAT: Dwyane Wade, Goran Dragic, Hassan Whiteside, Wayne Ellington, Rodney McGruder and Justise Winslow all got the night off. … Kelly Olynyk was 2 for 8 in 13 minutes, all of his shots coming from 3-point range.
Rookie guard Trae Young connected on a 3-pointer — from the Georgia Tech logo near midcourt — with 2.2 seconds left to send Atlanta to the win.
SPURS: The Spurs shot 55 percent — and allowed Atlanta to shoot 58 percent. … Bryn Forbes scored 22 points. DeMar DeRozan and Derrick White each had 15. … White started at point guard in place of Dejounte Murray, who tore his ACL earlier this week and will miss the season.
UP NEXT: San Antonio (2-2) visits Orlando on Friday. Atlanta (2-2) visits Miami on Friday.
In Montreal, Toronto point guard Kyle Lowry got ejected in the third quarter for getting two technicals.
NETS: D’Angelo Russell scored 18 points and Caris LeVert finished with 13. … The Nets were outscored 35-11 in the third quarter.
UP NEXT: Brooklyn (1-2) visits New York on Friday. Toronto (3-1) visits New Orleans on Thursday.
Thaddeus Young, who missed Indiana’s first three preseason games due to a foot injury, made 8 of 12 from the field and finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds in 29 minutes.
BULLS: Bobby Portis made his first start of the preseason, scoring 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting. … Jabari Parker, who signed a two-year, $40 million deal with Chicago in July, had 11 points in 26 minutes off the bench. … The Bulls hit 13 of 30 (43.3 percent) from 3-point range.
PACERS: Rookie Aaron Holiday hit three 3-pointers and finished with 15 points. … Domantas Sabonis had 13 points and nine rebounds in 20 minutes and Victor Oladipo scored 12 points with seven turnovers.
Jake Layman scored 28 points for Portland on 10-of-14 shooting, including 5 of 7 from 3-point range.
TRAILBLAZERS: Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum (coach’s decision) did not play. … Evan Turner (shoulder), Gary Trent Jr. (quadriceps) and Moe Harkless (ankle) — a last-second scratch — missed the game due to injury. … Nik Stauskas had 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists and rookie Gary Payton II scored eight points in eight minutes.
SUNS: Devin Booker, who underwent hand surgery on Sept. 10 and was expected to miss six weeks, said he’d like to play against the Mavericks in the regular-season opener next week. … No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton had nine points and four rebounds in 15 minutes. … Phoenix (2-3) made just 8 of 31 (25.8 percent) from 3-point range.
UP NEXT: Portland (2-2) closes out its preseason schedule at home against Sacramento on Friday. Phoenix opens the regular season on Oct. 17 when it plays host to Dallas.
LAKERS 123, WARRIORS 113
Brandon Ingram scored 26 points for the Lakers, and James had 15 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in 18 minutes — all in the first half.
UP NEXT: The Lakers (2-3) and Golden State play again Friday, at the SAP Center in San Jose, California, in the preseason finale for both teams.