League Veteran Andre Ingram Drops 19 in NBA Debut

League Veteran Andre Ingram Drops 19 in NBA Debut

After a decade of playing outside the spotlight in the G-League, just hoping for a chance to step into the bright lights once, the 32-year-old American University alum was called up by the Lakers, and boy did he take advantage Tuesday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

And by Tuesday night, the man who boasts a 48 percent shooting average was raining down threes on the Houston Rockets. Coming off the bench late in the first quarter, Ingram put on a clinic scoring 19 points in his debut.

And the 32-year-old former Perth Wildcat didn't disappoint, dropping 19 points to go with three blocks and three steals.

Ingram's Lakers teammates in Brook Lopez and Julius Randle were just as impressed.

Paul, like many others, was in awe of Ingram's inspirational story, which went viral Monday.

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Andre Ingram salutes the Los Angeles crowd in the Under Armour Curry 3.

Earlier this season the Los Angeles Lakers helped make a dream come true with Travis Wear. "MVP chants, that's just insane", Ingram told reporters. But that didn't stop Ingram, watched by his wife and kids, enjoying the experience.

Lakers: Ball missed his seventh straight game with a bruised left knee, while Ingram has played just two games since March 1 due to a groin strain and an apparent concussion. The former American University physics major has hit 713 3-pointers in the G League with 46-per cent accuracy, but his slight stature kept him out of the National Basketball Association until this late call-up.

The Rockets are locked into the top seed in the Western Conference, but coach Mike D'Antoni still kept his regular starters and rotation. Jeremy Lin tweeted that Ingram was "too good" as he scored 11 points in his first six minutes of play.

Lakers: A "road" season finale against the Clippers on Wednesday.

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