Lakers: L.A. Clinches First Preseason Win Against Warriors

Your Los Angeles Lakers are in the winning column at last, for the first time in 10 preseason games (going back to the team's winless 2021 preseason).

They downed a Golden State Warriors team without Draymond Green or Klay Thompson in a nail-biter, 124-121, despite missing LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and Patrick Beverley themselves.

Though the aforementioned L.A. vets over 30 proved to be late scratches tonight, star big man Anthony Davis did return after a two-game absence to feast on the Warriors' bigs in three quarters.

Head coach Darvin Ham started 6'5" Austin Reaves at point guard, 6'4" Lonnie Walker at shooting guard, 6'6" rookie Max Christie at small forward, 6'6" ex-Warrior Juan Toscano-Anderson at power forward, and 6'10" big man Davis at center.

The first quarter of the contest proved to be a high-scoring affair. Both sides played each other dead-even, finishing the frame knotted at 35-35.

Anthony Davis, returning from a back injury, looked fully engaged on both ends of the floor tonight. 

Check out this vicious block on All-Star Warriors small forward Andrew Wiggins:

Oft-injured third-year center James Wiseman looked good in his minutes off the bench, backing up recently re-signed incumbent starter Kevon Looney

Stephen Curry and Andrew Wiggins also scored in bunches for Golden State.

The Lakers seemed to be taking Darvin Ham's emphasis on pushing the pace to heart. They ran plenty of solid downhill actions in the frame, often featuring Davis or Juan Toscano-Anderson.

JTA had been expected to sit so he could nurse a thigh contusion incurred early in the team's preseason loss Thursday to the Minnesota Timberwolves, but instead wound up starting for L.A. and making big contributions when he did play.