Randle Makes Debut, Lakers Fall 90-73
After signing his contract on Sunday morning, lottery pick Julius Randle made his Lakers debut in the Las Vegas Summer League, scoring 10 points and grabbing two rebounds in 21 minutes in a 90-73 loss to New Orleans.
Randle did not suit up in the team's first game vs. Toronto, nor had he been participating in contact drills during practice since his contract was not signed. The Kentucky product scored his first points on a drive going to his left with a shot off the glass, and counted a pair of dunks among his four field goals.
The Pelicans scored the first five points of the game and led comfortably by double digits the rest of the way, with the Lakers only getting as close as 10 early in the fourth.
Fellow rookie and second-round draft pick, Jordan Clarkson, followed up his 21-point debut vs. Toronto with another strong showing. He put up 16 points on 6 of 14 field goals, including 3 of 6 from the three-point line. Kendall Marshall, who started in the backcourt alongside Clarkson, posted a well-rounded line of 11 points, four boards, four assists and two steals.
Trey Thompkins, out of Georgia, showed a nice touch on the offensive end, scoring inside and outside towards 18 points off the bench. He hit 7 of 9 field goals, while converting both of his three-pointers. Four-year NBA veteran Rodrigue Beaubois also finished in double figures with 11 points on 4 of 6 shooting, including 3 of 4 from beyond the arc.
Courtney Fells paced New Orleans with 25 points in 23 minutes, while three others scored in double digits. New Orleans shot 55.4 percent from the floor compared to 41.5 for L.A. and also had a plus-10 advantage on the glass (33-23).
Up next, L.A. faces the Golden State Warriors on Monday at 7 p.m. at Cox Pavilion.