NBA Basketball

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Final-OT 1 2 3 4 OT Tot
Oklahoma City 37 30 17 21 8 113
LA Lakers 23 34 23 25 9 114
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7:00 PM PT8:00 PM MT9:00 PM CT10:00 PM ET3:00 GMT11:00 8:00 PM MST10:00 PM EST7:00 UAE (+1)04:0022:00 ET9:00 PM CT1:00 , February 10, 2021
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

Scrappy Thunder get another crack at streaking Lakers

According to STATS
According to STATS

Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Lakers

  1. The Lakers are 5-1 against the Thunder since the start of last season, including a 119-112 overtime victory on Monday. The Lakers have swept all three of their previous two-game series this season (at San Antonio, at Memphis and at Houston).
  2. The Thunder led by as many as 11 points on Monday before allowing the Lakers to force overtime. The Thunder managed just two points in overtime, tied for the fewest in an overtime period in franchise history, most recently done by the Sonics on December 16, 2003 at Phoenix.
  3. The Lakers have won five straight since losing back-to-back games for the first time this season on January 27-28. Both of their last two wins have come in overtime, the first time Los Angeles has won back-to-back overtime games since March 2012.
  4. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 29 points and 10 assists on Monday, his fourth career game with double-digit assists and second this season. He has improved his assist average from 3.3 per game last season to 6.5 this season, the second-largest increase among qualifiers (James Harden, +3.7).
  5. LeBron James is averaging 25.3 points, 9.8 assists and 8.3 rebounds in his last six games while playing 39 minutes per game. He is averaging 34.4 minutes per game this season, which would be the most by a player in his age-36 season or older since Golden State's Clifford Robinson averaged 34.7 in 2003-04.
  6. The Lakers average 51.5 points in the paint per game, fifth most in the league, and had 60 in the win over Oklahoma City on Monday. The Thunder (50.3) and Lakers (49.4) allow the fourth- and fifth-most points in the paint per game, respectively.
(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

It wasn't a lack of effort Monday when the short-handed Oklahoma City Thunder fell 119-112 in overtime in Los Angeles to the Lakers.

"I thought we threw a really good punch," Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said. "We competed for 48 minutes. We laid it on the line. I thought we got contributions (from) all eight guys. Obviously, we were a player or two short. But we weren't short in competitive spirit, feistiness or our scrap tonight."

The Thunder's competitiveness couldn't overcome their limited offense down the stretch as the Lakers won their fifth straight. Oklahoma City gets another chance Wednesday when the teams meet up for a rematch at Los Angeles.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had another solid outing with 29 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds Monday, and Darius Bazley contributed 21 points and a career-high 16 rebounds for the Thunder, who have lost two of their last three. Hamidou Diallo scored 20 points and matched a career best with 11 rebounds.

Gilgeous-Alexander made three free throws to force overtime after being fouled by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope on a 3-point attempt with 1.2 seconds left in regulation.

"That was pretty impressive, obviously. It takes a lot of guts to go up there and make the shots that he did," Daigneault said.

The Thunder outplayed the Lakers for much of the game. They led throughout the contest, including by 11 early in the fourth quarter, before the Lakers rallied. In overtime, Los Angeles scored seven consecutive points to clinch the win.

It was the second consecutive overtime contest for the Lakers. They edged the Detroit Pistons 135-129 in double overtime Saturday.

"One thing that team (the Thunder) does is they've got a lot of energy," said LeBron James, who recorded his third triple-double this season with 28 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists. "Lot of young guys, lot of energy -- they have no quit in them. Very well-coached, and it needed overtime in order for us to win this game. We did enough things to close it out in regulation, but they were able to close the gap.

"I'm good with one overtime compared to two overtimes."

Montrezl Harrell had 21 points and eight rebounds, and Dennis Schroder added 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Los Angeles. Wesley Matthews, who was benched the past four games due to his ineffective play, scored 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including 4-of-5 3 pointers. Kyle Kuzma chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds.

"Exceptional performance by Wes tonight. That's the simplest way to put it," Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. "Incredible energy on both sides of the ball but in particular defensively. ... We definitely needed his toughness on that side of the ball, and he obviously hit some big threes."

The Lakers played without Anthony Davis (Achilles) and Alex Caruso (hand). Both are listed as day-to-day on the injury report.

Mike Muscala (concussion), Isaiah Roby (foot) and Theo Maledon (health and safety protocol) were out for Oklahoma City. Their status for Wednesday's game has yet to be announced.

--Field Level Media

Updated February 10, 2021

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