LAS VEGAS — With the Lakers’ most high-profile player continuing to make news closer to home, the Lakers’ Summer League team put together one of its best efforts and capped its stay in Sin City on a three-game winning streak after a 95-84 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.
A few hours after LeBron James suited up for a Drew League game for the first time in 11 years and dropped 42 points in a pro-am game in a packed, energized high school gym in L.A., a group of players thirsting for an opportunity to make an NBA roster put together a solid effort in the Thomas & Mack Center to finish with a 3-2 record in the Vegas league (5-3 overall).
Sharpshooting rookie Cole Swider scored 16 points and shot 6 for 9 overall – 4 for 6 from 3-point range to pace the Lakers, who had a 10-point lead after one quarter and a 20-point lead by halftime (58-38).
Center Jay Huff, who missed the Lakers’ final game at the four-team California Classic in San Francisco, and then their first three in Las Vegas while in the health and safety protocols, had 13 points, four assists and three blocked shots.
Javante McCoy had 12 points in 26 minutes, while Scotty Pippen Jr. added 11 points, five rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block in 19 minutes for the Lakers, who led by as much as 26 points. Vitto Brown added nine points, Mason Jones had eight points and four assists, and Shareef O’Neal added six points and three rebounds in nine minutes.
Max Christie, the Lakers’ only draft pick last month, had two points on 1-for-6 shooting (0 for 3 from behind the arc) and six rebounds in 20 minutes.
A.J. Lawson had 19 points and five rebounds to lead the Mavericks (0-5) – the only team to go winless in the league-wide event this month. Moses Wright had 17 points and six rebounds. Jaden Hardy had 15 points but accounted for seven of Dallas’ 19 turnovers. Lawson turned it over six times. Jerrick Harding had 11 points and five assists.