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Rui Hachimura helps Lakers win opening playoff game

Rui Hachimura helped the Los Angeles Lakers win their opening playoff game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

The 25-year-old had 29 points, 6 rebounds and one assist, ESPN reports. The Lakers beat the Grizzlies 128-116. According to the NBA, Hachimura is the first Lakers player to have 25+ points off the bench in a playoff game since Magic Johnson in 1996.

Hachimura was born in Toyama, Japan. His mother, Maiko, is Japanese, and his father, Zakari Jabil, is Beninese. The power forward played high school basketball in his home country of Japan before signing a letter of intent to play for the Gonzaga Bulldogs in Spokane, Washington. He made his debut for the team in 2016.

The Washington Wizards drafted Hachimura as the ninth overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft. He spent nearly four years with the Wizards before he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in January 2023.

Hachimura is excited to be representing Japan while playing for the Lakers.

“I wanna show what I can do for my country,” he said in a post-game press conference after the playoff win.

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