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SAN FRANCISCO -- Anthony Davis cleaned up a LeBron James miss for the first score of the game. James got his first bucket to go -- plus an and-1 free throw -- a few minutes later to put the Los Angeles Lakers up 11-0 over the Golden State Warriors, and L.A. rolled to a 123-101 victory in its preseason opener Saturday.
Yes, there was a lot to like from the Lakers' dynamic duo in their first taste of action together since L.A. acquired Davis, the six-time All-Star, in a blockbuster offseason trade in June.
"AD's AD," James said. "I thought he was great from the beginning of the game, just his offset on the offensive end just to be able to get us extra possessions with rebounding. Knocking down shots. I think he had like five dunks in the first half. And communication on the defensive end. He's a very cerebral player. It was a good start for him."
Said Davis: "We're just trying to help each other out. The more we can do that, the easier the game is going to be for us and our teammates. Any time we have an opportunity to learn, it's good for us."
Curry 'christens' Chase Center with 30-foot airball Lakers coach Frank Vogel rested the pair the entire second half, but the two did plenty of damage before the break. Davis finished with 22 points on 9-for-16 shooting, 10 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal. James had 15 points on 5-for-10 shooting, 8 assists, 3 rebounds and a steal.
"He's a monster," Vogel said when asked about Davis. "It's going to be very difficult to slow him down with what we had around him. I'm excited about what he's going to do, and Lakers fans should be, too."
In 18 minutes played apiece, James was a plus-14 and Anthony was a plus-13.
For James, who had the longest layoff of his career between games this past summer since his second season in the league -- the previous time he missed the postseason -- it was more than just any other exhibition game.
"I had some jitters tonight," he said. "I had some butterflies in my stomach, and also just straight-up excitement. And also a little bit of nervousness, too, because I got hurt in the Bay [Area] when I was at full strength. So it's great to get back out there and have a lot of fun. I didn't even think about it being a preseason game. I thought about it being a game and how we can get better. I didn't want to take it lightly because it was a preseason game. I think none of us did. We got better today."
James and Davis looked so good together early on that Magic Johnson, who shocked the Lakers organization by resigning from his executive post in April, chimed in on Twitter to praise what he was witnessing.
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