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G League call-up Andre Ingram scores 19 in National Basketball Association debut for Lakers

12 April, 2018, 00:23 | Author: Kristen Ingram
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After 10 years of grinding in the G League, Ingram had a chance to show off his talents on the big stage that is the National Basketball Association, and he took advantage of it, nearly leading the Lakers to a come-from-behind victory against the best team in the league. "All the players, all the coaches". Ingram finished 6 for 8 from the field and 4 for 5 on 3-pointers along with three rebounds, three blocked shots and a steal.

Ingram, 32, demonstrated at Staples Center the quick release and dead-eye accuracy through which he became the G League's all-time leader in 3-point shots and 3-point shooting percentage.

Ingram and his Lakers will wrap up the season this evening against the Clippers before officially beginning the offseason. If not for a layup from fellow rookie Josh Hart with just 3:15 left in the game, Ingram would've led the Lakers in scoring. "MVP chants (while at the free-throw line) that's just insane", he said.

"From the team warm-ups, the atmosphere was electric".

His four three-pointers broke a record for the most on debut by a Laker, while his 19 points were the best by a first-gamer since Nick Van Exel's 23 in 1993.

"It's been a joy", said Ingram, whose wife and kids were on hand to watch his long-awaited night. He has been with the Lakers the past six seasons. Ball (knee contusion) and Ingram (concussion) are not expected to return this season.

The American University graduate who holds a degree in physics was all set to head back home to his family after the season ended for the South Bay Lakers. That day never came for Andre Ingram, but he never gave up on his dream and he's been grinding hard in the G-League for the past ten years trying to make it come true.

"I think it's less (serious) than last time, but I don't know", D'Antoni said.

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