Paul and the Houston Rockets were impressed, even if they still came out on top.
"From the team warm-ups, the atmosphere was electric", he said. It was great. The group, the lights, it was merely as quickly as in a lifetime.
Prior to Tuesday's game against the Houston Rockets, the Lakers called up the 32-year-old Ingram from the G League's South Bay Lakers for the final two games of the season.
"I tried not to think about the first one going down", he told reporters after the game against the Houston Rockets. "Everyone was like, 'Man, when you get it, just let it go. It was insane. To see that first one go in, I felt great".
The sellout crowd moved from charitable help to full-throated roars as Ingram continued to down baskets. But that didn't stop Ingram, watched by his wife and kids, enjoying the experience. "Just an inspirational story. He belonged out there". He finished 6-for-8 from the field, including 4-for-5 on 3-pointers.
"That's a testament to hard work, never giving up, and just sticking with it", said Julius Randle, who scored 17 points.More news: Bayern Munich announce plans to play friendlies in United States
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Gerald Green scored 16 points as Houston hung on late to avoid its first back-to-back losses since January 6.
And that was just his first game. "Just his spirit, the way he plays, he defends, rebounds, runs, all that stuff". He didn't miss a single shot until the fourth quarter of the game. He re-injured the joint without contact, heading immediately to the locker room. Ball (knee contusion) and Ingram (concussion) are not expected to return this season. All the players, all the coaches. He averaged 23 points and 10 rebounds.
Ingram is a 32-year-old guard who has spent ten years in the G League, having never made it into the National Basketball Association.
Per NBA.com, Ingram is the G League's all-time leader in three-pointers made with 713. According to Faigen, Ingram, a physics major, would sometimes tutor in the offseason for extra income.
Ingram was the Lakers' leading scorer at halftime with 11 points on 3-of-3 shooting in what was surely a lifelong dream finally coming true. "I was supposed to leave the next afternoon I think", he said.
Rockets: At the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.
Information from the Los Angeles Times was included in this report.