Shanghai native Yao Ming, who watched the game courtside, got a huge cheer from the crowd before the game, but the loudest ovation went to the injured Kobe Bryant when he joined the Lakers bench in the fourth quarter.
Bryant is sitting out the start of the season as he recovers from a torn Achilles tendon. Pau Gasol was the only Lakers player in double digits, scoring 16 points.
"We've still got a lot of work to do," Gasol said. "We've still got to make sure we work really hard these next 11 days before opening night so the team is really ready to go. We've got to be ready to go from the beginning."
Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said, however, he wasn't worried about his team's performances in China this week.
"We're pretty excited about what we can do. This is not normal. This is preseason and it doesn't matter come January if you won four games or six games or one game," D'Antoni said.