Basketball enthusiasts congregated at the Los Angeles stadium on Sunday night to witness a thrilling NBA preseason showdown between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers. Ultimately, the Bucks secured a victory with a score of 108-97.
The match spotlighted Giannis Antetokounmpo's impeccable performance, with him dropping 16 points in merely 15 minutes of playtime. The highlight of the evening, however, was the much-anticipated debut of Damian Lillard in a Bucks jersey.
Lillard, who recently moved from Portland to Milwaukee as part of a three-team mega trade, contributed 14 points for his new team. Despite shooting 3-for-10 overall, and 2-for-7 from beyond the arc, his presence was palpable.
Lillard wrapped up his performance with a little under five minutes left in the third quarter, having been on the court for 22 minutes. The Lakers showcased a notable performance from Anthony Davis, who managed to tally 16 points in 19 minutes.
Not just content with scoring, Davis also showcased his all-around skill set with seven rebounds, five assists, two steals, and a couple of blocks. Fans did miss the iconic LeBron James, as he sat this one out. NBA's Twitter handle shared glimpses of Lillard's first appearance for the Bucks, highlighting his 14 points, a couple of threes, three assists, and three steals in his 22-minute play.
In other NBA preseason games:
- The Charlotte Hornets narrowly overcame the Oklahoma City Thunder with a score of 117-115.
P.J. Washington and Terry Rozier were the standout performers, dropping 31 and 19 points respectively. The Thunder chose to rest its main lineup.
- The Toronto Raptors dominated the court against Australian-based Cairns Taipans, with a crushing score of 134-93.
Patrick Miller was the top scorer for the Taipans with 22 points.
- A captivating end to the game between the Miami Heat and Memphis Grizzlies saw the Heat clinch a win, 132-124. The match witnessed Tyler Herro's commendable 30 points and Bam Adebayo's 26-point contribution.
Star player Jimmy Butler was absent from the Heat's lineup.