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  • Lakers guard Austin Reaves gestures after making a 3-point shot...

    Lakers guard Austin Reaves gestures after making a 3-point shot during the first half of their preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • Lakers star Anthony Davis handles the ball as Brooklyn Nets...

    Lakers star Anthony Davis handles the ball as Brooklyn Nets guard Dennis Smith Jr. defends during the first half of their preseason game on Monday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Sam Morris)

  • Brooklyn Nets forward Mikal Bridges, left, shields the ball from...

    Brooklyn Nets forward Mikal Bridges, left, shields the ball from Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell during the first half of their preseason game on Monday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Sam Morris)

  • Lakers forward LeBron James takes a 3-point shot over Brooklyn...

    Lakers forward LeBron James takes a 3-point shot over Brooklyn Nets guard Cam Thomas during the first half of their preseason game on Monday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Sam Morris)

  • The Brooklyn Nets’ Ben Simmons dunks during the first half...

    The Brooklyn Nets’ Ben Simmons dunks during the first half of their preseason game against the Lakers on Monday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • The Brooklyn Nets’ Ben Simmons dunks in front of Lakers...

    The Brooklyn Nets’ Ben Simmons dunks in front of Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell during the first half of their preseason game on Monday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • Lakers star LeBron James waits for a Brooklyn Nets player...

    Lakers star LeBron James waits for a Brooklyn Nets player to shoot a free throw during the first half of their preseason game on Monday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • Lakers forward Taurean Prince, right, and Brooklyn Nets guard Cam...

    Lakers forward Taurean Prince, right, and Brooklyn Nets guard Cam Thomas reach for a rebound during the first half of their preseason game on Monday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Sam Morris)

  • Lakers star LeBron James handles the ball as the Brooklyn...

    Lakers star LeBron James handles the ball as the Brooklyn Nets’ Lonnie Walker IV, far left, defends during the first half of their preseason game on Monday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • The Brooklyn Nets’ Royce O’Neale handles the ball as Lakers...

    The Brooklyn Nets’ Royce O’Neale handles the ball as Lakers forward Rui Hachimura defends during the first half of their preseason game on Monday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • Lakers guard Austin Reaves puts up a shot after being...

    Lakers guard Austin Reaves puts up a shot after being fouled by the Brooklyn Nets’ Noah Clowney during the second half of their preseason game on Monday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • Lakers star LeBron James waits for play to resume during...

    Lakers star LeBron James waits for play to resume during the first half of their preseason game on Monday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • Lakers forward LeBron James handles the ball as Lakers forward...

    Lakers forward LeBron James handles the ball as Lakers forward Christian Wood, left, and Brooklyn Nets forward Dorian Finney-Smith, center, trail after him during the first half of their preseason game on Monday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Sam Morris)

  • Lakers forward LeBron James, center, drives between Brooklyn Nets guards...

    Lakers forward LeBron James, center, drives between Brooklyn Nets guards Dennis Smith Jr., left, and Lonnie Walker IV during the first half of their preseason game on Monday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Sam Morris)

  • Lakers star LeBron James questions a referee during the first...

    Lakers star LeBron James questions a referee during the first half of their preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • Lakers star Anthony Davis, left, looks up while Lakers forward...

    Lakers star Anthony Davis, left, looks up while Lakers forward LeBron James argues a call during the first half of their preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Sam Morris)

  • Brooklyn Nets guard Armoni Brooks handles the ball as Lakers...

    Brooklyn Nets guard Armoni Brooks handles the ball as Lakers rookie guard Jalen Hood-Schifino defends during the second half of their preseason game on Monday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Sam Morris)

  • Lakers head coach Darvin Ham talks to his players during...

    Lakers head coach Darvin Ham talks to his players during a timeout in the second half of their preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Sam Morris)

  • Lakers guard Jalen Hood-Schifino, center, and Brooklyn Nets guard Armoni...

    Lakers guard Jalen Hood-Schifino, center, and Brooklyn Nets guard Armoni Brooks, right, move around Brooklyn Nets forward Harry Giles III, left, during the second half of their preseason game on Monday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Sam Morris)

  • Lakers rookie guard Jalen Hood-Schifino, left, drives as the Brooklyn...

    Lakers rookie guard Jalen Hood-Schifino, left, drives as the Brooklyn Nets’ Darius Bazley defends during the second half of their preseason game on Monday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • Lakers guard Max Christie, left, drives as the Brooklyn Nets’...

    Lakers guard Max Christie, left, drives as the Brooklyn Nets’ Armoni Brooks defends during the second half of their preseason game on Monday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • Brooklyn Nets forward Noah Clowney, left, and Lakers guard Jalen...

    Brooklyn Nets forward Noah Clowney, left, and Lakers guard Jalen Hood-Schifino reach for a rebound during the second half of their preseason game on Monday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Sam Morris)

  • The Brooklyn Nets’ Trendon Watford passes the ball while under...

    The Brooklyn Nets’ Trendon Watford passes the ball while under pressure from the Lakers’ Christian Wood (35) and Maxwell Lewis (21) during the second half of their preseason game on Monday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • Lakers coach Darvin Ham calls out to his players during...

    Lakers coach Darvin Ham calls out to his players during the second half of their preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • Lakers guard Austin Reaves, left, drives against the Brooklyn Nets’...

    Lakers guard Austin Reaves, left, drives against the Brooklyn Nets’ Dennis Smith Jr. during the second half of their preseason game on Monday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • The Lakers’ Christian Wood, left, drives to the basket as...

    The Lakers’ Christian Wood, left, drives to the basket as the Brooklyn Nets’ Noah Clowney falls to the court during the second half of their preseason game on Monday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • The Lakers’ Austin Reaves, left, and LeBron James share a...

    The Lakers’ Austin Reaves, left, and LeBron James share a laugh during a pause in play in the second half of their preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • The Brooklyn Nets’ Mikal Bridges reacts after teammate Noah Clowney...

    The Brooklyn Nets’ Mikal Bridges reacts after teammate Noah Clowney made a 3-point shot during the second half of their preseason game against the Lakers on Monday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • Lakers rookie Maxwell Lewis soars to the basket for a...

    Lakers rookie Maxwell Lewis soars to the basket for a dunk during the second half of their preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • Lakers players D’Angelo Russell, left, and Jaxson Hayes celebrate after...

    Lakers players D’Angelo Russell, left, and Jaxson Hayes celebrate after a teammate scored during the second half of their preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • Brooklyn Nets head coach Jacque Vaughn jokes with official Tony...

    Brooklyn Nets head coach Jacque Vaughn jokes with official Tony Brothers, right, during the second half of their preseason game against the Lakers on Monday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Sam Morris)

  • The Lakers play against the Brooklyn Nets during the first...

    The Lakers play against the Brooklyn Nets during the first half of their preseason game on Monday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Sam Morris)

Lakers coach Darvin Ham has encouraged his team not to hesitate to shoot when they’re open behind the 3-point line.

Consider Monday night’s 129-126 preseason victory over the Brooklyn Nets in Las Vegas, the Lakers’ first preseason win, a step in the right direction.

The Lakers were letting it fly at T-Mobile Arena, knocking down 20 of 55 3-point attempts in the high-scoring matchup. They didn’t attempt 50 3-point shots during any game last season, preseason, regular season or playoff.

Eight Lakers scored in double figures, led by Rui Hachimura’s 19 points and Austin Reaves’ 18.

Reaves and LeBron James (10 points and five assists in 17 minutes) made their preseason debuts after being healthy scratches in Saturday’s opener against the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco.

James, Anthony Davis and D’Angelo Russell only played in the first half. Russell scored all of his 14 points (5-of-8 shooting, 4 for 5 from 3-point range) in the first quarter. Davis finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots in 14 minutes.

Taurean Prince, who started alongside Russell, Reaves, James and Davis, bounced back with 13 points after struggling in the opener.

But defending without fouling was still an issue, with Prince whistled for five fouls in 20 minutes after fouling out in 13 minutes against the Warriors. Christian Wood (10 points, six rebounds and two steals in 22 minutes) also scored in double figures.

Rookie wing and Las Vegas native Maxwell Lewis made significant contributions to the Lakers’ win in his hometown, scoring all 10 of his points in the final quarter.

Cam Reddish (right ankle soreness) and Jarred Vanderbilt (left heel soreness) didn’t play. The Lakers said before the game that both players are considered “day to day.”

The Lakers next play Wednesday night against the Sacramento Kings at Honda Center in Anaheim.

“We just wanna be confident in our shots and let it fly.” AD & LeBron speak on the #Lakers’ increase in three-point shooting and the game’s pace. pic.twitter.com/B3qychXV0v

— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) October 10, 2023

Austin Reaves speaks on the #Lakers shooting ability and D’Angelo Russell being unguardable. pic.twitter.com/w70vECOrnt

— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) October 10, 2023

Darvin Ham speaks on the easy offense production and his relationship with D’Angelo Russell on the floor. pic.twitter.com/l0xoJmfDrk

— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) October 10, 2023

“We got good camaraderie, and I think that carries over to when we get out there playing with each other.” D’Angelo Russell on the team’s cohesiveness. pic.twitter.com/COEWjxyYFE

— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) October 10, 2023

Bron to Rui❗️ pic.twitter.com/Lx7RXBBhwq

— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) October 10, 2023

AD on both ends 💥 pic.twitter.com/jsw8UGkhT4

— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) October 10, 2023

Race against the clock, count it. pic.twitter.com/jGKcswjpgQ

— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) October 10, 2023

I see you, @maxwelll2002 👀 pic.twitter.com/uvgeJqNa94

— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) October 10, 2023

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