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Blake Hinson and Dalton Knecht made their Los Angeles Lakers debuts on Saturday in the NBA Summer League.

On Saturday, former Pitt star Blake Hinson played his first career game with the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Summer League.

Hinson came off the bench for the first time to check in with several minutes to go in the first quarter. Hinson missed his first shot attempt, a deep three-point try on the right wing off a pass from Lakers’ first round draft pick Dalton Knecht He grabbed two rebounds in the first quarter, one offensive and one defensive.

Hinson scored his first career NBA Summer League points in the second quarter, hitting a three-pointer off of a pick-and-pop play on the left wing. Check it out here.

 

Hinson played a good portion of the second quarter for the Lakers alongside Bronny James, the son of LeBron James. Minutes after Hinson’s first bucket, James found Hinson, who quickly dished it off to Kyle Mangas for a transition basket.

 

Then, in the third quarter, Hinson caught fire from the right wing. Hinson hit three pointers on back-to-back possessions for the Lakers, extending his point total to 11 points and his shooting numbers to 3 for 5 from three-point range and 3 for 6 overall. He also hit both of his free-throw tries back in the second quarter.

 

Hinson then hit a three on the run minutes later to get his point total up to 14 and improve his three-point shooting line to 4 for 6.

 

Again, Hinson hits a three on the right wing. This time off a bounce pass. Up to 17 points. He has hit his last four three pointers.

 

Hinson finished with 17 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and one steal. He went 5 for 7 from three-point range and 5 for 8 overall from the field.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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