SHENZHEN (AP) – Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers did not get out of China unscathed.
Davis will have tests today to determine the full severity of a right thumb injury, which the Lakers have initially diagnosed as a sprain. He got hurt in the first quarter of the Lakers’ 91-77 loss to the Brooklyn Nets last Saturday night at Shenzhen in the finale of the NBA China Games series.
Caris LeVert scored 22 points on eight for 11 shooting for Brooklyn, which swept the two matchups between the clubs in China. Taurean Prince scored 14 for Brooklyn, and DeAndre Jordan grabbed 11 rebounds in 19 minutes.
Avery Bradley led the Lakers with 14 points. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 11.
The encouraging sign for the Lakers is that Davis — who has a history of being plagued by injuries throughout his career — continued to play for a few minutes after getting hurt while attempting to block a shot. He and LeBron James both shot two for seven and scored six points apiece for the Lakers; James, like Davis, played the entire first quarter and then did not return to the game.
Brooklyn was without point guard Kyrie Irving, who played only 66 seconds on the two-game trip halfway around the world. Irving was out with what the Nets called a facial contusion; he played briefly Thursday with a mask to protect a facial fracture, then left after his face collided with Rajon Rondo’s upper arm.
The Nets held the Lakers to 34 per cent shooting, 16 per cent from three-point range. Alex Caruso shot only one for 13 for the Lakers.
NETS 91, LAKERS 77
It was the third pre-season game for each team, and each team used a third different starting lineup.
For the Lakers, only James and Davis have started every preseason contest this season. LeVert is the only Nets player in the starting lineup for all three of their exhibitions.
Kostas Antetokounmpo, the brother of reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, scored nine points for the Lakers.
SUNS 134, TRAIL BLAZERS 118
Kelly Oubre Jr scored 19 points and first-round pick Cameron Johnson was four of six from three-point range and finished with 18 points for Phoenix.
Tyler Johnson also had 18 points and Frank Kaminsky, who signed with the Suns (2-1) in July, scored 16. They each hit four of Phoenix’s 24 3s on 45 attempts. Aron Baynes added 14 points and Mikal Bridges and Dario Saric had 13 apiece.
CJ McCollum led Portland (1-2) with 27 points, Damian Lillard scored 18 and Zach Collins had 16 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two blocks.