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Henry, Young lead Lakers past Warriors 104-95

Published on NewsOK Modified: October 6, 2013 at 12:44 am •  Published: October 6, 2013
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ONTARIO, Calif. (AP) — Xavier Henry and his fellow Lakers newcomers realize they've got a chance to take charge while Los Angeles' veteran stars take it easy this month.

Henry scored 29 points, Nick Young added 17 and the Lakers earned their first preseason victory in nearly three years, 104-95 over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.

Chris Kaman had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who had lost 10 straight exhibition games, including all eight last season. Los Angeles hadn't won a preseason game since Oct. 22, 2010, also in Ontario against the Warriors — not that coach Mike D'Antoni thought the mark had anything to do with his revamped club.

"It's early, anybody can win," D'Antoni said. "It doesn't mean a whole lot, (but) the whole thing is energizing."

The Lakers' preseason struggles last fall were an eerie foreshadowing of their difficult year. Los Angeles went 0-8 in exhibitions under coach Mike Brown, who was fired after a 1-4 start to the regular season.

Steve Nash and Pau Gasol sat out the exhibition opener for the Lakers, who will attempt to preserve their aging core's health all season long. Kobe Bryant isn't even in the country while undergoing medical treatment in Europe, but Nash watched the game in uniform from the bench while Gasol sat in street clothes.

The Lakers' collection of role players and new acquisitions came together quickly enough to hold off the Warriors, who used their regular lineup before limiting the starters' minutes. Jordan Farmar, who returned to the Lakers this summer, had 12 points — nine in the fourth quarter — and seven assists.

Henry scored 14 points in the fourth, punctuating an impressive debut after signing with the Lakers as a free agent last month. The three-year NBA veteran was a 12th overall pick, but never found a role amid injuries and inactivity with Memphis and New Orleans.

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