Alex Caruso was in full dealer mode for the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.
With starting point guard Lonzo Ball out due to an ankle sprain, Caruso was the team’s main facilitator, handing out 10 assists — which tied for the most by a player off the bench this NBA preseason.
“It makes my job easier when you’re playing with such good players like that — guys that can score the basketball in a variety of ways,” Caruso said.
Caruso began his night with some flare, firing an alley-oop pass from beyond the 3-point line to Larry Nance Jr.
He was the key to the Lakers’ abundance of ball movement, pushing the pace in transition, while attacking inside and firing to perimeter shooters.
Caruso also led the team with six rebounds, while hitting a pair of impressive shots.
His first bucket was a high-arching floater from behind the backboard. Then he banked in a fourth-quarter runner that gave the Lakers a one-point lead with two minutes left.
However, the offense stalled from there, as Utah took the win, 105-99.
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