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Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and the Lakers respond after opening night blowout

The Los Angeles Lakers and their young stars bounce back against the Phoenix Suns after a poor season debut at Staples Center. 

What a difference a day makes. The Lakers played collectively better Friday night after getting ran out of the gym by the Los Angeles Clippers Thursday night in their season opener.

Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma looked like different players–the ones we saw in Summer League.

After one game some fans and Laker haters were calling Lonzo a bust and saying that Ingram wasn’t ready.

Although L.A. was matched against another rebuilding team in the Suns Friday, both Ingram and Ball played up to their potential and made Laker nation breathe easier.

In his second game as a pro, Lonzo had a near triple-double of 29 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists. He’s now the youngest player with such a stat line since LeBron James in 2005.

Ingram was the second-highest scorer for the Lakers with a career-high 24 points on 9-of-14 FGs.  

Kuzma also was back to his efficient self with 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting. As mentioned on Twitter, maybe Kuzma’s production was due to him ditching the headband.

But the name of the game for L.A. was effort. As a team the Lakers played much harder on defense; especially Corey Brewer who took Devin Booker out of his rhythm and made him earn every point.

The fourth quarter was the Lonzo show though as he took over the game scoring eight points in clutch time.

The Lakers young guns balled out and showed that the future is still bright for L.A. despite their dim start Thursday night.

 

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