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    Max Christie shines again as Lakers beat Warriors for first summer league win
    • July 8, 2023

    LAS VEGAS — Max Christie’s impressive summer league play continued on Friday night at the Thomas & Mack Center, and his latest effort helped the Lakers secure their first win of the summer exhibition slate.

    Christie had 22 points on 6-of-11 shooting (3 for 5 from 3-point range) to go with seven rebounds and two blocked shots in the Lakers’ 103-96 victory over the Golden State Warriors to close out the first day of play at the league-wide summer tournament.

    Christie also drew the Lester Quinones assignment defensively, helping limit the Warriors guard to 15 points on 5-of-15 shooting.

    The 6-foot-5 Christie, a second-year guard out of Michigan State, averaged 21 points on 54.2% shooting (62.5% from behind the arc), five rebounds and four assists in the Lakers’ two California Classic games earlier this week in Sacramento – losses to Miami and San Antonio.

    Christie is looking to showcase his development as a ball-handler and on-ball creator this summer, and he is looking to become a more consistent part of the Lakers’ 2023-24 rotation.

    “His habits are very unique,” Lakers assistant/summer league coach JD DuBois said. “He’s always there early, takes care of his body, he eats right [and] does the extra work. All the things that you know are needed to be good in this league, he does them. We’ve tried to put him in positions to showcase his overall skillset. It’s been good to watch him develop on both ends of the floor.”

    Cole Swider added 19 points, going 5 for 8 from 3-point range. Colin Castleton (13 points, seven rebounds, six assists), D’Moi Hodge (11 points) and Sacha Killeya-Jones (10 points) also scored in double figures.

    First-round draft pick Jalen Hood-Schifino had nine points, five rebounds, four steals, three assists and a block.

    The Warriors were led by forward Gui Santos’ 25 points and seven rebounds.

    The Lakers next face the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center, the second of five games they will play in Las Vegas.

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    ​ Orange County Register