ONTARIO — 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.