Brandon Ingram scores 31 and comes up clutch versus Kings
Los Angeles Lakers young stud Brandon Ingram showed flashes of greatness in the 128-123 preseason win against the Kings. He put up 31 points, grabbed nine rebounds and sealed the game with clutch play.
Brandon Ingram seems poised for a breakout year if last night’s win over the Kings was any indicator. Ingram scored a game-high 31 points on 10-of-15 shooting and led the team with nine rebounds. However, more impressively, Ingram put the game away with clutch play on the defensive end and at the free throw line.
In a back-and-forth game, Ingram consistently came up big for a Lakers team that was searching for their first preseason win. Down 119-118 with only a minute remaining, Ingram drove right past his defender for the easy layup to regain the lead. But just a possession later, the Lakers found themselves down once again. Until Ingram posted up and hit the fallaway jumper to put the Lakers on top 121-120 with only 41 seconds left.
But aside from Ingram’s stellar offensive night, it was on defense where Ingram made the play of the night. Down by one, the Kings were looking to inbound the ball from the side. But Ingram used his 6-foot-9 frame to get his hand on the ball and come up with the timely steal. The Kings ended up fouling Ingram and sending him to the line, where Ingram would knock down both free throws and make it a three-point game with under 40 second left. On the night, Ingram went 10-of-11 from the charity stripe.
The third-year player has already earned high praise from new teammate LeBron James earlier this preseason, with James saying Ingram’s the next great player coming up. But James added on to last week’s comments after Ingram’s huge night.
“I thought he Ingram was great,” James said postgame. “His pace, his ability to play the point and the wing, he’s a very special talent, and we’re definitely happy to have him on our side.”