Houston (USA), Oct. 17.- The forward LeBron James returned to the starting quintet of the Los Angeles Lakers to play the third game against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA preseason and those who defeated by a blunt 126- 93.

James became the leader of the Lakers by contributing a double-double of 18 points, 11 assists and four rebounds, which left him at the head of a list of five players who had double-digit numbers.

Escort Avery Bradley also reached 18 points, while reserve base Quinn Cook, who played the last two seasons with the Warriors, became the Lakers’ luxury reserve by getting 16 points, three assists and two rebounds.

Another decisive player of the Lakers was veteran pivot Dwight Howard, who maintains his high level of play in the preseason and contributed 13 points and seven rebounds.

The victory left the Lakers 3-2 in the five games they have played so far this preseason.

On the other hand, the Warriors, in the absence of Stephen Curry, who enjoyed a rest day, had as leader the guard D’Angelo Russell, former player of the Lakers, who scored 23 points, three rebounds and three assists.

Another escort, rookie Jordan Poole, who left reserve, became the sixth player of the Warriors to get 14 goals and power forward Draymond Green reached 10, which completed the list of three players who had numbers double digits with the Warriors (1-3) so far this preseason.

The Houston Toyota Center received the San Antonio Spurs as the rival of the Rockets to play the exhibition match that the Alamo city team dominated from start to finish in the Texan duel (114-128).

The pivot LaMarcus Aldridge with 22 points topped the list of six Spurs players who had double-digit numbers and reaped their first win in the preseason (1-3) after having played four games.

Despite the great performance of the guard James Harden, who contributed 40 points, including seven triples of 16 attempts; captured 10 rebounds and distributed seven assists, the Rockets failed to avoid the second defeat in this preseason (3-2).

Base Russell Westbrook, his great summer signing, finished with 14 points, four assists, four rebounds and eight turnovers.

The Spanish pivot Willy Hernangómez had more minutes in reserve with the Charlotte Hornets (1-4), but his team continued on the path of defeat by losing as (10-116) to the Detroit Pistons.

The eldest of the Hernangómez brothers played 15 minutes in which he contributed eight points after scoring 3 of 5 field shots and 2-2 from the personnel line, captured an offensive rebound and put two blocks.

For their part, the Portland Trail Blazers with the incessant combination of escort CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard base also won at home (118-126) the Utah Jazz.

McCollum contributed 28 points, after scoring 5 of 7 triples, and Lillard reached 25 points, with five rebounds and four assists.

The Spanish pivot Pau Gasol, who last summer signed as a free agent with the Portland Trail Blazers, continued to see no action since he was not yet recovered from the discomfort he has dragged on his left foot since the 2018-19 season.

In other results of the day, Atlanta won 96-100 in his visit to the New York Knicks; veteran escort Vince Carter, 42, who will play his 22nd season, contributed 17 points and four rebounds as a reserve for the Atlanta team.

Memphis also beat away from home 119-124 against Oklahoma City and Sacramento defeated Melbourne United 124-110.

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