Recap: Ball wows, then struggles in Lakers debut

LA Clippers 96, Los Angeles Lakers 93

Juan Blanco.

Jul 8, 2017 1:16 AM ET


Lonzo Ball's highly anticipated debut did not live up to the hype and the Los Angeles Lakers lost 96-93 in overtime to the Los Angeles Clippers in the Las Vegas Summer League opener for both teams Friday at Thomas and Mack Center.

The second overall pick in this year's draft, Ball scored just five points on 2-of-15 shooting from the field. He added five assists, four rebounds, two steals and a block, but also had three turnovers. 

The Clippers (1-0) overcame a 49-41 halftime deficit to force overtime, 87-87. They made only one field goal in the two-minute extra period but went 7-for-7 from the foul line to put away the Lakers (0-1). The Clippers shot 46.0 percent from the field and outrebounded the Lakers, 36-31. 

Sindarius Thornwell, a 2017 second-round pick, totaled 26 points and five rebounds to lead the Clippers, while Brice Johnson finished with 23 points, seven rebounds, three blocks and two steals. Kendall Marshall, who last played for the Philadelphia 76ers in 2015-16, posted 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Hollis Thompson, who played 31 games with the 76ers last season, led the bench with 10 points, two boards and a block.

With Ball cold, Brandon Ingram shouldered the scoring load for the Lakers, finishing with 26 points, three steals and two blocks. Thomas Bryant had 13 points, five rebounds and a block, and Vander Blue scored 11 points. Forward Travis Wear, looking to earn a roster spot after last playing in the NBA in 2014-15 with the New York Knicks, had 10 points, three boards and two steals.

The Lakers play the Boston Celtics on Saturday, and the Clippers face the Utah Jazz on Sunday.

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