The Los Angeles Lakers led 85-70 on the world champions Golden State Warriors with 2:16 remaining in the third quarter when both teams and the NBA officials decided the game should not go on. A hockey game the night before at the Valley View Casino Center combined with an archaic floor forced the premature ending.
The Lakers announced that all fans in attendance would get a full refund if they take their ticket stubs to the point of purchase after noon on Monday. Without exception, every player and coach asked about the floor said that abandoning the game had been the correct decision.
Metta World Peace on what he tells the angry fans for calling the game: "I don't know. We almost killed ourselves."
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) October 18, 2015
Even though they not even finish three quarters, the Lakers put together their strongest showing of the 2015-16 preseason. In the first quarter, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson took the challenge of facing the 2015 NBA champions head on and did not disappoint. NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry put up nine points and three assists in the opening period, but Clarkson edged his counterpart with 13 points and five rebounds in the opening stanza.
Randle played beyond his years and led all scorers with 14 points in the period to go along with three rebounds, including a stretch when he could be screaming "Can't guard me" at Draymond Green and the Warriors.
After one quarter, the Lakers and Warriors were even at 31-31.
— Shahan Ahmed (@shahanLA) October 18, 2015
After missing the majority of training camp and the first five preseason games, Los Angeles Lakers point guard Marcelo Huertas finally made his debut at the start of the second quarter.
"It's been really bad," Huertas told NBCLA.com before Saturday's game. "Working so hard in summer camp. Whenever all the good fun part starts, you have to be left out because of the very delicate (nature of the hamstring injury), where you cannot force anything or be out for a month, six weeks if you really tear it. So it's just frustrating not to be out there."
Huertas admitted that he did not feel 100 percent ahead of tip-off, but the guard managed to do extra warmups before taking the floor. His first shot missed the target and found nothing but air, but the 32-year-old veteran point guard hardly let one air-ball deter the remainder of his debut.
"I had to wait so much for this, so I try to have as much fun as I could," Huertas said after the game.
Over 12 minutes of the second quarter, Huertas found his teammates to the tune of six assists and also scored four points. The Brazilian matched up against Curry and fellow countryman Leandro Barbosa and managed to hold his own.
"I was just happy I could go out there, and after first, second minute, I completely completely forgot about (my hamstring) and just played basketball," Huertas said with a smile.
After the game, Huertas' teammates showered their point guard with praise. One of the players to benefit most was Nick Young, who scored all three of his baskets on assists from Huertas.
"Marcelo is the man," Young said after the game. "He can find players out there on the court. For me, that's what I love because I'm a shooter, and I need someone who can find me."
Young added in his usual half-joking manner, "If (Huertas) wants some assists, he can come my way. I was telling him, 'Come to the money.'"
Notes: Kobe Bryant did not play due to a lower leg contusion that is not considered to be serious. Lou Williams also sat out due to a groin issue. Also, Larry Nance Jr. threw down a monster dunk that had fans and the team talking afterward.