Thunder Roar Back to Beat Lakers Again, 107-104

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LOS ANGELES—Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 11 of his 28 points successful the 4th quarter, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from a 19-point shortage to bushed the Los Angeles Lakers for the 2nd clip this season, 107-104 connected Thursday night.

Kenrich Williams scored 9 of his 13 points successful the last play for the Thunder, who haven’t beaten anybody successful their 8 games this play but the vaunted Lakers—both times portion rallying from tremendous deficits, and some times with LeBron James sidelined. James sat retired the rematch with an abdominal strain.

“We respect their talent, but with that being said, we privation to beryllium ourselves,” said Gilgeous-Alexander, who capped his show with a dazzling 3-pointer from the half-court logo with 1:18 to play. “They’re a squad that has a batch of guys that person done a batch of bully things, but we privation to beryllium ourselves and compete.”

Anthony Davis had 29 points and 18 rebounds contempt spraining his close thumb adjacent halftime for the Lakers, whose three-game winning streak ended with conscionable their 2nd nonaccomplishment successful 7 games. Carmelo Anthony had different large crippled disconnected the bench, scoring 21 points with 5 3-pointers—including 2 successful the last infinitesimal portion LA’s rally fell short.

“We shouldn’t person mislaid this one,” Anthony said. “It didn’t travel down to LeBron not being here. … We’re OK, but it hurts to suffer to the aforesaid squad doubly wrong a week successful the aforesaid way, the aforesaid fashion. That’s thing we’ve got to instrumentality upon ourselves and clasp ourselves accountable.”

Russell Westbrook scored 27 points for the Lakers, but the seasoned defender made a comical turnover against his erstwhile squad with 21 seconds near and a accidental to necktie the game.

“It’s interesting, but I’m a idiosyncratic that you conscionable play the cards you’re dealt,” Westbrook said. “Whoever is available, you person to marque it work. We haven’t had our afloat squad 1 time, not close. We conscionable person to marque the champion of it and vie to the champion of our ability.”

After rallying from a 26-point shortage past week successful Oklahoma City, the Thunder came each the mode backmost again astatine Staples Center earlier surviving a pugnacious 4th quarter.

Oklahoma City took its archetypal pb of the nighttime connected Williams’ driving dunk with 5:27 to play during a 12-0 run. Davis’ jumper enactment the Lakers backmost up with 2:23 remaining, but Williams deed a 3-pointer earlier Gilgeous-Alexander added his 29-footer close aft crossing midcourt.

“Anybody else, I would person said something,” Williams said with a grin. “But Shai, I’m chill with it. He is simply a peculiar player.”

Gilgeous-Alexander shrugged and called it “just a momentum shot. I was feeling good.”

“I usually don’t sprout that changeable successful a game,” helium added. “We sprout that changeable astatine the extremity of each practice, though. I felt assured to sprout the ball.”

After Anthony deed a 3-pointer with 39 seconds near to trim Oklahoma City’s pb to two, Westbrook accidentally flung the shot into the seats portion driving to the lane. After a shoving lucifer broke retired betwixt the teams earlier the ensuing inbounds pass, Lu Dort got escaped for an uncontested dunk with 17 seconds left.

Anthony deed his 5th 3-pointer to trim the pb to 105-104, but Dort deed 2 escaped throws earlier Westbrook missed a 3-pointer that would person tied it.

“For immoderate reason, this squad comes successful each clip and makes shots against us,” Davis said. “There’s guys who we privation shooting the ball, and they made shots. Nonetheless, we’re inactive expected to triumph the game.”

Tip-Ins

Thunder: Argentine F Gabriel Deck sat retired his 2nd consecutive crippled with a bruised close heel. … Dort played contempt a bruised close shoulder, but struggled from the field.

Lakers: Davis was precocious to instrumentality from the locker country for the 2nd half, and helium was wearing a achromatic brace astir his thumb and wrist. … Wayne Ellington scored 3 points connected 1-of-6 shooting successful his play debut. … Dwight Howard played lone 8 minutes successful his instrumentality from a two-game lack with a strained neck.

Lebron’s Health

James, who turns 37 adjacent month, missed a crippled for the 3rd clip already this season, but Lakers manager Frank Vogel didn’t corroborate reports that the four-time league MVP volition beryllium retired for astatine slightest a week.

“Any clip LeBron’s retired and he’s going to miss immoderate time, there’s evidently concern,” Vogel said. “Hopefully this is thing that’s minimal, and hopefully he’ll beryllium backmost soon.”

James’ accumulation has been coagulated this season, though he’s hitting conscionable 46.7% of his shots. The 19-year seasoned is averaging 24.8 points, 7.0 assists and 5.5 rebounds.

AD’s Health

Davis said his thumb swelled and his fingernail filled with humor aft helium banged it into Gilgeous-Alexander’s limb soon earlier halftime. The prima large antheral said it was “fine,” but helium wasn’t definite whether he’ll play Saturday.

Up Next

Thunder: At Spurs connected Sunday.

Lakers: At Trail Blazers connected Saturday.

By Greg Beacham

The Associated Press

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