Credit: AP - Scanpix
Credit AP - Scanpix

The first taste of the NBA season starting on October 19 was given by the Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets, who competed at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The visitors crushed the hosts 123-97 (15-19, 32-30, 27-32, 39-16), but conclusions cannot be drawn, as the two theoretical favorites for the title in the new league lined up without most of their big stars.

The margin opened in the last period when the Lakers withdrew some of their important players and the guests dominated with a partial score of 39-16.

For the Lakers, the only star to play, even for seven minutes, was Anthony Davis, while LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony and Trevor Ariza didn't step on the court at all.

Malik Monk was their top scorer with 15 points, while Wayne Ellington and Dwight Howard had 11 and Talen Horton-Tucker added 10.

The Nets did not use Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Patty Mills, Blake Griffin, James Johnson and Joe Harris.

Rookie Cameron Thomas stepped up with 21 points, while David Duke and Dy'Ron Sharp had 13, Bruce Brown had 12 and veteran Paul Millsap registered a double-double with 10 points and as many rebounds.

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