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Lakers knock off Clippers in preseason opener without LeBron, AD

Montrezl Harrell shines in Lakers debut against former team.

Montrezl Harrell and Dennis Schroder of the Los Angeles Lakers talk during a preseason game against the LA Clippers on December 11, 2020 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California.  Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images

Montrezl Harrell scored a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds against his former team and the Los Angeles Lakers got a 87-81 win over the Los Angeles Clippers in the preseason opener on Friday night in Los Angeles. Harrell, who signed with the Lakers in free agency and leaving the Clips, played 31 minutes in his first action with his new team. LeBron James and Anthony Davis did not play for the Lakers.

Along with Harrell, Dennis Schroder made his Lakers debut and scored 10 points with 6 turnovers in 24 minutes. It wasn’t as inspiring a debut as Harrell’s but there’s time for Schroder to pick it up in the next week or so before the season. The biggest surprise of the night came from Talen Horton-Tucker, who scored a team-high 19 points for the Lakers, also adding 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.

The Clippers had a much larger rotation with 18 players seeing the court in the preseason opener. Among them was Kawhi Leonard, who had a modest 3 points in 14 minutes. Paul George fresh off his max contract extension scored 10 points in 14 minutes. The Clippers box score will make you dizzy, so I suggest taking a look before making any hot takes about their first game of the season.