Alley-oop highlights Ball's debut with LeBron
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By Ohm YoungmisukESPN Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- LeBron James welcomed Lonzo Ball back to action Wednesday with a perfect alley-oop lob that Ball flushed with two hands on a well-executed give-and-go.

The Los Angeles Lakers got their first glimpse of James and Ball, last year's No. 2 overall pick, on the floor together and liked what they saw in the limited minutes the Lakers played their core rotation players.

Hall of Fame coach Tex Winter, who pioneered the triangle offense that propelled the Bulls and Lakers to multiple NBA championships, has died at the age of 96.

In what likely could have been James' final dress rehearsal for the regular season, he put on a show in Las Vegas with 15 points, 10 rebounds and five assists and delivered his first buzzer-beater as a Laker -- a 35-footer from the left corner near midcourt at the end of the first half. Despite James playing just 17 minutes, all in the first half, the Lakers held off the defending champion Golden State Warriors 123-113.

Stephen Curry scored 23 points, and Klay Thompson added 20 points. Kevin Durant had 18 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out with 5 minutes, 7 seconds left in the third...



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