EL SEGUNDO, CA – The Santa Cruz Warriors (19-18) lost 128-122 to the South Bay Lakers (16-22) Wednesday night at the UCLA Health Training Center.
Zach Norvell Jr., playing his former team for the first time since being traded by South Bay to Santa Cruz, came out in the first half with 19 points (7-of-9 FG, 5-of-7 3FG) and helped the Warriors to a 15-point advantage in the first half. Santa Cruz held a lead for most of the second and third quarters and led by 11 points with 6:31 to play before a 16-2 Lakers run propelled South Bay to victory. The Warriors were outrebounded 58-39, with the Lakers grabbing 18 offensive rebounds.
Norvell Jr. finished the night with a new career-high of 34 points (7-of-12 3FG) to go along with five rebounds and four assists. Deyonta Davis recorded his seventh straight double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Andrew Harrison added 22 points on 6-of-12 from three-point range before fouling out. Alen Smailagic on assignment from Golden State, added three points and four rebounds in 12 minutes after getting into early foul trouble.
Pierre Jackson led South Bay with 25 points to go with nine rebounds and nine assists while Devontae Cacok grabbed 18 boards to go with 16 points off the bench.
The Warriors have now lost six straight in South Bay and are 1-2 against the Lakers this season with the final meeting coming on March 28 at Kaiser Permanente Arena, the last game of the 2019-20 regular season.
The Warriors return to Kaiser Permanente Arena on Friday, February 28 versus the Rio Grande Valley Vipers at 7 p.m. Santa Cruz will celebrate Black History Month and the first 1,500 fans will receive a Klay Thompson headband edition bobblehead. Fans can watch the game on NBC Sports Bay Area or stream on Twitch. For more information on the Santa Cruz Warriors 2019-20 NBA G League season, presented by Kaiser Permanente, visit santacruzbasketball.com or call (831) 713-4400.