In the absence of point machine LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers defeated Oklahoma City Thunder 138-128 in an overtime thriller on Friday. They came back from behind by 17 points in the first quarter sealed their second win of the week in Oklahoma’s Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Both teams won’t yield up in the last quarter in the game that ended with 19 lead changes and 15 ties.
It was an all-round feat from the Lakers as Kyle Kuzma made a game-high 32 points, four assists, and eight rebounds to fight back after a slow start and prevail over the Thunder. Ivica Zubac scripted a career-high 26 points with 12 rebounds in his 29 minute appearance.
The crucial points were contributed by Lonzo Ball (18 pts -10 ast - 6 reb), Josh Hart (12 pts -5 ast -10 reb), and the rookie Brandon Ingram (8 pts – 11 ast as a career high).
Kuzma, who played for 36 minutes, kept the momentum of scoring points the rest of the game.
For Thunder, Paul George made 27 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, while Russell Westbrook made 26 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds.
After the ravishing victory, Lakers improved to 25-21 in the Western Conference. They will travel to Houston to take on Rockets on Saturday.