DES MOINES, Iowa — The South Bay Lakers picked up their second road win of the season as they beat the Iowa Wolves, 119-99. Los Angeles Lakers assignee Ivica Zubac led the way with a G League career high 23 points on 10-11 shooting in his first game of the year with the team. Iowa (1-4) was led by former Laker Anthony Brown, who scored a game-high 31 points.
The Lakers (4-1) had their best shooting performance of the year as they shot 58.4% from the field and 52.2% from beyond the arc. The Lakers also dominated the battle in the paint as they outscored the Wolves 58-34 and outrebounded Iowa 44-34.
In the first quarter, Zubac scored seven quick points, while Travis Wear added six of his own to give the Lakers the slight edge, 28-25. Brown paced the Wolves in the first quarter with seven points. The Lakers extended their lead by halftime, 57-50, behind a strong shooting performance (22-39, 56.4%) and an efficient performance by Zubac who had 13 points on a perfect 6-6 from the field by halftime.
By the end of the third, the Lakers were firmly in control and held a 15-point lead. Lakers assignee Josh Hart found his stroke in the fourth quarter, scoring 10 of his 19 points in the final frame, to start his G League career with a win.
The Wolves were led by Brown (31 points, six rebounds, three assists) and Michael Bryson (22 points, five rebounds), while Elijah Milsap, another alum of the South Bay franchise, added 19 points for Iowa. Amile Jefferson grabbed 12 rebounds to go with his nine points but the Wolves could not find their shot as they shot only 39.5% from the field.
Zubac (23 points, nine rebounds, three assists) and Hart (19 points, five rebounds) handled the brunt of the scoring load for South Bay, while three other Lakers scored in double figures: Wear (17 points, eight rebounds), Scott Machado (15 points, five rebounds, five assists) and Alex Caruso (14 points, eight assists).