SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Mac McClung scored 17 points in 16 minutes, Paris Bass added 15 and the Los Angeles Lakers opened the first day of the California Classic Summer League with a 100-66 victory over the Miami Heat on Saturday.
Scotty Pippen Jr. scored 14 points and Cole Swider added 13 for the Lakers, who never trailed in the first summer league game of the season.
Also getting into the act for Los Angeles: Shareef O’Neal, the son of Shaquille O’Neal, who won three of his four titles as a member of the Lakers — and his fourth as a member of the Heat. Shareef O’Neal had six points and six rebounds in 16 minutes for the Lakers.
🏀🌴 Final Score Thread 🌴🏀
Mac McClung led the @Lakers to the win in Game 1 of the 2022 California Classic with 17 PTS!
Mac McClung: 17 PTS
Paris Bass: 15 PTS, 6 REB, 3 BLK
Scotty Pippen Jr: 14 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST pic.twitter.com/9OOi92cSw6
— NBA (@NBA) July 2, 2022
Javonte Smart scored 13 points for Miami, while Haywood Highsmith and Kyle Allman Jr. each finished with 11. The Heat shot only 28% from the field.
First-round pick Nikola Jovic scored three points on 1-for-6 shooting for Miami. The No. 27 overall pick signed his rookie contract earlier Saturday.
“We just didn’t get in a good rhythm,” Jovic said. “I think tomorrow will be a lot better.”
No. 4 pick Keegan Murray had 26 points and eight rebounds, leading Sacramento past Golden State 86-68 in the second game on Saturday.
The Kings announced shortly before the game that Murray had signed his rookie contract. He didn’t disappoint, making 10 of 14 shots from the floor, 4 of 5 from 3-point range.
“The confidence grew throughout the game and my teammates kept giving me the ball,” Murray said.
Neemias Queta scored 12 points and Alex O’Connell finished with 10 for the Kings. Elijah Brown, the son of new Kings coach Mike Brown, got into the game toward the end for Sacramento.
Gui Santos scored 23 points for Golden State. Payton Willis added 12 for the Warriors — who played with Stephen Curry, now a four-time NBA champion and the MVP of this past season’s NBA Finals, looking on from the stands.