Los Angeles (AP) - Basketball superstar LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers have started with a defeat in the new season of the North American NBA. The Lakers were beaten by city rivals Los Angeles Clippers 102: 112 (54:62).
The 34-year-old James scored 18 points, scored nine rebounds and handed eight assists. He also caused five ball losses. The most valuable player of the final series, Kawhi Leonard, scored 30 points in his debut for the Clippers.
Defending champion Toronto Raptors defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 130: 122 (56:61, 117: 117) after extra time. Pascal Siakam (34 points / 18 rebounds) and Fred VanVleet (34 points) were the top scorer in the team of Canadians.
Match Statistics Los Angeles Lakers-Los Angeles Clippers
Match Statistics New Orleans Pelicans-Toronto Raptors