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With no Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma steps up to lead Lakers to Summer League crown

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Rookie Kyle Kuzma poured in 30 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 110-98 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in the final of Las Vegas Summer League.

Kuzma caught fire, connecting on 11-of-16 from the field and 6-of-10 from three-point land.

Caleb Swanigan led Portland with 25 points,12 rebounds, seven assists and three steals.

The rest of the Lakers followed Kuzma’s lead as they shot a scorching 61.5% from the field and 58.3% form the three-point line. Guards Matt Thomas and Vander Blue added 23 and 20 points respectively.

Lonzo Ball sat out the game with a calf strain after being named Summer League MVP.

The game stayed close through three quarters, before Kuzma beat the buzzer with this momentum shifting three.

That shot gave LA a five-point lead, before they opened the fourth on an 8-0 run to seize control of the game.

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