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Lakers' Andre Ingram receives huge praise from National Basketball Association players for impressive debut

Lakers' Andre Ingram receives huge praise from National Basketball Association players for impressive debut

After grinding away for a decade in the NBA's G-League, Andre Ingram was finally rewarded with a debut at the Los Angeles Lakers.

But Ingram did more than just show up, instead dropping 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting with three blocks.

After 10 years of grinding in the G League, Ingram had a chance to show off his talents on the big stage that is the National Basketball Association, and he took advantage of it, nearly leading the Lakers to a come-from-behind victory against the best team in the league.

"Everyone was like, 'Man, when you get it, just let it go, '" Ingram said, according to ESPN.

"From the team warm-ups, the atmosphere was electric".

The crowd started chanting "MVP!" as the visibly gray-haired father of two shot a sizzling six-for-eight from the floor with four out of five of those from the three-point line. The Lakers will face the Los Angeles Clippers tonight at the Staples Center at 10:30 p.m. ET. If not for a layup from fellow rookie Josh Hart with just 3:15 left in the game, Ingram would've led the Lakers in scoring. But that didn't stop Ingram, watched by his wife and kids, enjoying the experience.

"When Rob and Magic walked in, all the emotions you could think, I was like, 'This could be it.' I hadn't checked out mentally yet because I don't do that until I get home". But in the first half, the Rockets lost backup forward Luc Mbah a Moute to a dislocated right shoulder while dunking in this meaningless game.

Rookie Josh Hart scored 20 points for the Lakers, who played without injured Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma in the penultimate game of their franchise-record fifth consecutive losing season. He provided a spark as the Lakers attempted a comeback in the fourth quarter, which ultimately fell short. He once tutored teammates in math to make extra cash in the off-season.

The Rockets are locked into the top seed in the Western Conference, but coach Mike D'Antoni still kept his regular starters and rotation.

Rockets: At the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.