Thomas Bryant Bashes Northern Arizona in Preseason Win

By Joey Ramirez | October 29, 2017

The second Thomas Bryant stepped into the gym, everything became a lot more fun. Well, except for opposing bigs.

The Los Angeles Lakers’ 42nd-overall pick made his NBA G League debut on Sunday, leading South Bay to a 120-116 victory in their lone preseason game against Northern Arizona.

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Bryant dominated the game in only 19 minutes played. He racked up 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting — rolling to the rim with ferocity while hitting a couple mid-range jumpers and a pair of 3-pointers.

Known for his high-energy play and 7-foot-6 wingspan, the 20-year-old also made the effort to mix in eight rebounds and two blocks.

By the time he sat down for the rest of the night, he had guided the Lakers to a 77-69 lead halfway through the third quarter.

Bryant’s Los Angeles teammate and fellow rookie, Kyle Kuzma, took notice of his big performance.

Despite packing so much production into such little playing time, Bryant had plenty of stamina left over, and chose to use it on an impromptu dance session on the bench.

He broke out the moves as “YMCA” began playing at the UCLA Health Training Center, which hosted a crowd of 512 for its first South Bay game.

With South Bay’s starters — Alex Caruso, Demarcus Holland, Vander Blue, V.J. Beachem and Bryant — taken out of the game, Northern Arizona went on an extended run that cut the lead to just one early in the fourth.

But the bench managed to close out behind 17 points from L.A. native Frank Session. Blue (15 points) and Holland (14) were also among the six Lakers who scored in double figures.

With the one-game preseason over, South Bay will open the year on the road this Saturday at 7 p.m. PT when it heads north to face Santa Cruz.

The Lakers will then return to El Segundo for a rematch with the Warriors in their home opener on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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