Josh Hart, Lakers defeat sloppy Bulls, improve to 2-0 in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS — Josh Hart scored 19 points and Svi Mykhailiuk added 15 to lead the Lakers to a 69-60 victory over the Chicago Bulls in a Las Vegas Summer League game on Sunday night at Thomas and Mack Center.

Hart was just 5 for 15 from the field, but he was 4 for 7 from 3-point range. The second-year guard, who led the Lakers (2-0) with 24 points in Saturday’s victory over Philadelphia, added six rebounds, three assists and a steal as L.A. nearly led wire to wire.

Mykhailiuk was 6 for 12 from the field, including 2 for 6 from 3-point range. He added two rebounds, three assists and two steals in 22 minutes.

Rookie big man Moe Wagner was held to eight points on 4-for-15 shooting (1 for 9 in the first half), but he found others ways to contribute with 14 rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocked shots. Nick King added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Lakers and 19-year-old Isaac Bonga had four points and three rebounds in 16 minutes in his second game since signing his contract on Friday.

Hart was expected to play one game each in the California Classic event in Sacramento and in Las Vegas, but he played in two of the Lakers’ three games in Sacramento earlier this week and doesn’t appear eager to take a seat in Las Vegas.

The Bulls (1-1) committed 18 turnovers, shot just 30 percent from the field (21 for 69) and failed to score more than 17 points in any quarter. The Lakers led 35-29 at halftime and pushed the margin to 14 during the second half.

Matt Williams Jr. scored 12 points off the bench to pace Chicago. Wendell Carter Jr. had nine points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots, and Chandler Hutchinson finished with seven points and eight rebounds. No Bulls starter scored in double figures.

The Lakers are off Monday before facing the New York Knicks on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center.

🎥 Hart dropped 19 points tonight and Mykhailiuk added another 15 as the Lakers beat the Bulls, 69-60 #LakersWin pic.twitter.com/8w63IkX00e

— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) July 9, 2018

🎥 Josh Hart shares his thoughts on the Lakers’ lockdown defensive performance and Moe Wagner’s impact. pic.twitter.com/vEjF9XcQZU

— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) July 9, 2018

🎥 Miles Simon talks about his defense holding Chicago to 30% shooting and forcing 18 turnovers. pic.twitter.com/yooroTOoso

— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) July 9, 2018

🎥 Svi Mykhailiuk talks about his strong defensive performance against the Bulls. pic.twitter.com/mRLF5O5KJs

— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) July 9, 2018

.@moritz_weasley talks to @LakersReporter after his 8 point, 14 rebound performance in tonight’s #LakersSummer win. pic.twitter.com/vZwdUXxuvO

— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) July 9, 2018

🎥 Alex Caruso gives his thoughts on the team’s defense and his first impression of Isaac Bonga. pic.twitter.com/d72ki6bcde

— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) July 9, 2018

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Josh Hart leads Lakers past 76ers in Las Vegas Summer League opener

LAS VEGAS — Second-year guard Josh Hart scored 24 points and rookie guard Svi Mykhailiuk added 17 points to lead the Lakers to a 96-79 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in their Las Vegas Summer League opener on Saturday night at the Thomas and Mack Center.

With Lakers Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and JaVale McGee, Coach Luke Walton and General Manager Rob Pelinka sitting courtside, the summer squad turned in its best performance so far, bouncing back from an 0-3 showing in the inaugural California Classic earlier in the week in Sacramento.

Ball and Kuzma were the stars of the show last summer, helping lead the Lakers to the Las Vegas tournament title and picking up tournament MVP and championship game MVP awards, respectively, in the process. But Hart and the rookies got them (and the usual partisan summer league crowd) out of their seats more than once on Saturday.

Hart, who is unlikely to play in all the Las Vegas games, was effective on both ends of the court. He scored five quick points and Mykhailiuk drained a pair of jumpers to help the Lakers open a quick 11-4 lead, and Hart held Philadelphia’s Furkan Korkmaz to just four points (1 for 9, 0 for 7 from 3-point range) a night after he made eight shots from beyond the arc in a 40-point effort against the Boston Celtics.

The Lakers took control in the second quarter, extending their lead to 45-33 by halftime. They kept the pressure on in the second half, pushing the margin to 23 at one point. The Lakers shot 44.4 percent from the field, but made nearly half of their 3-point attempts (14 for 31).

Hart finished 9 for 15 from the field, including 4 for 8 from 3-point range and helped the Lakers build a 23-point second-half lead against a 76ers team that struggled from the field all night (38.3 percent overall, including 3 for 29 from 3-point range). Mykhailiuk finished 6 for 11 overall (4 for 8 from 3-point range) and shared the team lead with nine rebounds.

Rookie big man Moe Wagner added 16 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots in 26 minutes, throwing down a crowd-pleasing one-handed dunk off a steal but adding seven more personal fouls to his growing summer collection.

Issac Bonga, the 18-year-old second-round pick who just joined the team after signing his contract on Friday, struggled with three points, two steals and seven turnovers in 13 minutes.

Nick King added 15 points and five rebounds, and Xavier Rathan-Mayes had 10 points and three assists for the Lakers.

Rookie Zhaire Smith led the 76ers (0-2) with 16 points.

The Lakers take the court again on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. against the Chicago Bulls.

🎥 Led by Josh Hart’s 24 points, five total Lakers score in double-figures as they beat Philly, 96-79. pic.twitter.com/YmdjdHFKf9

— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) July 8, 2018

🎥 Josh Hart talks about his 🔥🔥🔥 @MagicJohnson jersey and his matchup against Furkan Korkmaz. pic.twitter.com/pgc2awZpM8

— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) July 8, 2018

🎥 Svi Mykhailiuk breaks down his 17-point, 9-rebound performance in the #LakersSummer Vegas-opening win. pic.twitter.com/Dx8ntM79TS

— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) July 8, 2018

🎥 Summer League coach Miles Simon talks about Josh Hart’s defense, Svi Mykhailiuk’s shooting and more from the Lakers’ 17-point victory in Vegas. pic.twitter.com/I2rtYBNXLX

— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) July 8, 2018

🎥 Moe Wagner gives his thoughts on winning in front of a crowd full of Lakers fans in Vegas. pic.twitter.com/ZchnwJ8Xk7

— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) July 8, 2018

🎥 Rookie Isaac Bonga looks back on his debut in the #LakersSummer Las Vegas opener. pic.twitter.com/f4YNkXtlFx

— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) July 8, 2018

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Lakers can’t keep pace with hot-shooting Miami in summer league loss

  • Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr., right, blocks the shot of Los Angeles Lakers guard Stephaun Branch during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

  • Los Angeles Lakers center Moritz Wagner, left, tries to stop Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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  • Los Angeles Lakers guard Demarcus Holland, left, pulls the ball away from Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

  • Miami Heat forward Duncan Robinson, left, drives against Los Angeles Lakers guard Jeffrey Carroll during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

  • Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso, left, goes to the basket against Miami Heat guard Tai Webster during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

  • Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr., left, drives to the basket against Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

  • Los Angeles Lakers forward Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, right, drives against Miami Heat guard Daryl Macon during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

  • Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr., right, scores over Los Angeles Lakers forward Johnathan Williams during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

  • Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo, left, defends Lakers center Moe Wagner during the first half of Tuesday’s California Classic summer league game in Sacramento. The Heat won 89-74. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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SACRAMENTO — The Lakers are still looking for their first summer league victory – something they were never close to getting in Tuesday’s 89-74 loss to the Miami Heat.

Miami scored the first 10 points of the game and took advantage of sizzling shooting to extend its margin from there, leading by as many as 31 in a wire-to-wire victory in the California Classic at Golden 1 Center.

Miami led 31-19 after one quarter, by 19 points at halftime and by 29 going into the fourth quarter. Miami dominated both ends of the court, collecting 15 steals and eight blocked shots while forcing 20 Lakers turnovers and using crisp ball movement to record 27 assists on 33 field goals on offense.

There were few bright spots for the Lakers (0-2), who lost a tight game to Sacrament on Monday night. Second-round draft pick Svi Mykhailiuk (No. 47 overall) had a team-high 12 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals, but he finished 2 for 8 from 3-point range. Xavier Rathan-Mayes had nine points, two rebounds and five assists, and Demarcus Holland added 10 points and two rebounds off the bench. Josh Hart, who wasn’t expected to play, talked his way into the lineup for 14 first-half minutes but was held to one point, one rebound and one assist, was whistled for four fouls and missed all four of his shots from the field (0 for 2 from 3-point range).

Alex Caruso, who returned to the Lakers after helping lead Team USA to a 5-1 record in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers, led a fourth-quarter charge and finished with eight points, four assists and three steals (but six turnovers) in 22 minutes. First-round pick Moe Wagner (No. 25 overall) had eight points, four rebounds and five turnovers and fouled out in 18 minutes.

Miami (1-1) was led by Derrick Jones Jr., who had 21 points, five rebounds and three steals. Duncan Robinson added 19 points, four rebounds and two assists on 7-of-9 shooting from the field, and Bam Adebayo totaled nine points and 10 rebounds. Yante Maten had 15 points, five rebounds and four steals off the bench, and Daryl Macon had a team-high 11 assists.

The Heat made 11 of 17 3-point attempts in the first half and finished 13 for 28 overall (46.4 percent). The Lakers never got rolling from the arc, finishing 7 for 23 (30.4 percent). The Lakers had just 14 assists on their 30 field goals.

The Lakers are off Wednesday, before finishing the four-team event with a game against Golden State on Thursday at noon. The team will then travel to Las Vegas for the beginning of the traditional NBA summer league, where they will play at least five games.

NOTE

Like Monday, Malik Newman (sprained left foot) and Joel Berry II (right ankle sprain) were again unavailable.

🎥Miles Simon talks about the team’s lack of energy to start the game and how possible fatigue played a role in the defeat. pic.twitter.com/m1Cc4GWcer

— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) July 4, 2018

Sure, Duncan Robinson is already 4-of-5 from deep, but he also did this… pic.twitter.com/KpEVxCRxYz

— Joseph Beguiristain (@JoeBeguiristain) July 4, 2018

.@moritz_weasley on his performance in tonight’s 89-74 #LakersSummer loss against the Heat. pic.twitter.com/rT8PnrHhCx

— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) July 4, 2018

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Josh Hart, Moe Wagner, Svi Mykhailiuk pace Lakers in California Classic summer league opener

  • Lakers rookie center Moritz Wagner, left, shoots against Sacramento Kings rookie forward Marvin Bagley III, right, during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game Monday, July 2, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The Kings won 98-93. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

  • Sacramento Kings guard Frank Mason III, right, is fouled by Los Angeles Lakers guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game, Monday, July 2, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The Kings won 98-93.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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  • Los Angeles Lakers guard Demarcus Holland, right, goes to the basket against Sacramento Kings forward Justin Jackson during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game, Monday, July 2, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

  • Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III, right, goes to the basket against Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game, Monday, July 2, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The Kings won 98-93. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

  • Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox, left, and Los Angeles Lakers forward Johnathan Williams scramble for the ball during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game, Monday, July 2, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

  • Sacramento Kings forward Devin Williams, right, battles for the rebound against Los Angeles Lakers’ Moritz Wagner, left, and Johnathan Williams during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game, Monday, July 2, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The Kings won 98-93. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

  • Los Angeles Lakers guard Jeffrey Carroll dunks on a breakaway against the Sacramento Kings during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game, Monday, July 2, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

  • Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) goes to the basket against Los Angeles Lakers’ Demarcus Holland, left, and Johnathan Williams, center, during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game, Monday, July 2, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The Kings won 98-93. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

  • Sacramento Kings forward Harry Giles III, right, commits an offensive foul against Los Angeles Lakers forward Nick King during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game, Monday, July 2, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The Kings won 98-93. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

  • Marvin Bagley III, right, shoots over Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart, left, during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game, Monday, July 2, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The Kings won 98-93. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

  • Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart, center, goes to the basket between Sacramento Kings’ Allerek Freeman, left, and Devin Williams, right, during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game, Monday, July 2, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The Kings won 98-93. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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SACRAMENTO — Josh Hart picked up where he left off in the regular season and rookies Moe Wagner and Svi Mykhailiuk turned some heads, but the Lakers started summer league play with a 98-93 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Monday night in the California Classic at the Golden 1 Center.

Hart and Wagner led the Lakers with 23 points apiece, while Mykhailiuk added 15, going 6 for 10 from the field (3 for 6 from 3-point range). Wagner, a late first-round pick out of Michigan, added seven rebounds and went 6 for 17 from the floor (2 for 8 from 3-point range) but 9 for 10 from the free-throw line, drawing his share of fouls with strong head-fakes and fancy footwork on the block.

“I thought he did a great job of knocking down shots, early in the game setting the tone defensively,” Lakers summer league coach Miles Simon said of Hart, who was 7 for 15 from the field (4 for 7 from 3-point range). “He was super aggressive on the offensive end, which we love, and he also, in doing that, found a balance not only just scoring but getting us in our offense as a point guard, which is not a natural position for him to be in.”

Wagner’s second 3-pointer of the night followed consecutive 3-pointers by Mykhailiuk to pull the Lakers within two points with about a minute left. Kings rookie Marvin Bagley III, the No. 2 overall pick in last month’s draft, converted a three-point play at the other end, but Wagner answered with a long 2-point jumper.

The Kings made a free throw following Hart’s ejection (second technical foul), then added a Frank Mason 3-point basket with 22 seconds left to seal the victory.

The California Classic is a four-day, four-team event in Sacramento before all 30 NBA teams convene in Las Vegas later this week for the traditional summer league. Hart, who had a strong finish to his rookie season, including a 30-point, five-rebound, five-assist effort in the season finale against the Clippers, is not expected to play in the Lakers’ two remaining California Classic games, and he might play in just one of the team’s five guaranteed games in Las Vegas.

The game had its share of sloppy play on both sides, but Hart moved from shooting guard to point guard in the first quarter and promptly led a 9-3 run to turn a 15-15 tie into a 24-18 Lakers lead. Hart, who had five turnovers, scored all six points during a second-quarter run that gave the Lakers their largest lead of the night at 32-20. His buzzer-beating 3-pointer gave the Lakers a 54-48 lead at halftime.

Second-year point guard De’Aaron Fox led Sacramento with 23 points, eight rebounds and six assists (five turnovers), going 9 for 15 from the floor. Bagley finished with 18 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots – all on Wagner.

The Lakers face Miami on Tuesday at 6 p.m., take Wednesday off, then close the event with a game against Golden State on Thursday at noon.

NOTE

Malik Newman (sprained left foot) and Joel Berry II (right ankle sprain) sat out Monday’s game.

🎥 Josh Hart and Moe Wagner dropped 23 to lead the team in scoring, but the Lakers fall to the Kings 93-98. pic.twitter.com/tH8A67iQCj

— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) July 3, 2018

.@milessimon talks post-game with @LakersReporter to share his thoughts on @Sviat_10 & @moritz_weasley‘s #Lakers debuts. pic.twitter.com/aS5jaYDjz1

— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) July 3, 2018

Good first impression for Svi Mykhailiuk.

Hustles for the loose board and man is that a quick trigger for 3. pic.twitter.com/cze1EOlAdP

— Joey Ramirez (@JoeyARamirez) July 3, 2018

🎥 Lakers rookie Svi Mykhailiuk talks about his summer league debut and adjustments to make moving forward. pic.twitter.com/uL86MWjkAy

— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) July 3, 2018

Nice dish by Xavier Rathan-Mayes finds Moe Wagner for the easy slam #LakeShow (📺: @SpectrumSN & NBA TV) pic.twitter.com/D5vIaGHtjN

— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) July 3, 2018

.@moritz_weasley talks with @LakersReporter about his performance and takeaways following tonight’s #LakersSummer loss against the Sacramento Kings. pic.twitter.com/ODNtIxGmgE

— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) July 3, 2018

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