League Veteran Andre Ingram Drops 19 in NBA Debut

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Forget Ben Simmons versus Donovan Mitchell, or anything involving LeBron James, Andre Ingram topped them all.

Players from around the league were inspired by Ingram's debut.

"It was once in a lifetime", said Ingram, who was still in awe after the game.

After 10 years in the G League, 32-year-old Andre Ingram was both veteran and rookie on Tuesday night as he made his first ever appearance in a Lakers jersey.

Paul, who top-scored with 22 points for the Rockets, spoke to Ingram - the subject of MVP chants from Lakers fans - at the scorers' table during the match. "We've just got to pick it up by committee". "Everyone was like that". "But to a man, everyone was like, 'When you get it, just let it go!' All the players, all the coaches".

"From the team warm-ups, the atmosphere was electric". "You could feel something in there".

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When asked by reporters what their conversation was about, he said: "I told him much respect".

"I told him I heard about his story, and that grind is unbelievable", Paul said.

Ingram's debut nearly felt historic, especially when he started off hot.

Ingram hit his first four shots after coming off the bench in the second quarter, and finished with 19 points in the Lakers' 105-99 loss to the Rockets. The only other Laker debuts besides Van Exel that came with more points were Magic Johnson (26 points in 1979), Jerry West (20 points in 1960). The 32-year-old has played in the NBA's G-League since 2007 with hopes of being called up to the big show. Ingram had flown his wife and two daughters in from Virginia to watch the culmination of their work.

And that was just his first game.

Los Angeles only signed him for the final two games of the regular season on Monday, but if he is able to build on this good performance with another good outing against the Clippers tonight, then this probably won't be the last we see of him in the National Basketball Association. "But so thankful it did".

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