Thunder Lose Fourth Straight as Lakers Win in OKC


"Julius Randle, for different reasons, the Lakers are probably not going to invest in him long-term". As the Thunder walked over to the bench with a two-point lead, Anthony was still going at it with official Jason Phillips. The rematch with OKC is just three days away, as the Thunder come to Staples Center on Thursday.

But this streak extends further back than Roberson's injury and includes games against the Brooklyn Nets, who hunt 3s, the Washington Wizards and the Detroit Pistons, all wins. "Good teams are going to ramp up their defense and you have to be prepared for it".

"Sometimes the referee is in a tough position to make those calls". Booker had been playing point guard for the team over the last few weeks, and his absence now means Tyler Ulis is the team's lone point guard. OKC relied heavily on their big 3.

Los Angeles played the Suns three times in the first 16 games this season and won the first two before losing 122-113 on November 17 at Staples Center.

George was livid. He thought he forced a tie-up on the play.

The line of scrimmage was wherever Julius Randle and Carmelo Anthony made a decision to lock horns, as the Lakers' power forward took his game right to the future Hall of Famer. "Now, Cousins has a torn Achilles tendon, George has suggested to ESPN's Rachel Nichols that the Thunder have an advantage in re-signing him and James is believed to have a reluctance toward signing with the Lakers without an established star immediately joining him". "It's a level of frustration that builds up over the course of a game". "I think that's something that we're dealing with right now".

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Walton picked up his sixth technical foul of the season with 56 seconds left in the first quarter.

Donovan - who's tied for the league lead among coaches with seven technicals - said his wife has even brought up his tally at home. And we wanted to get him to be more engaged in what we're doing.

What the Thunder can control is its defense.

A 3-pointer by George trimmed the Lakers' lead to 107-104 with 24.7 seconds to play. Westbrook missed a long 3-pointer, and the Lakers pulled down the rebound to escape. There's hesitation, players stopping short of shooters in fear of getting blown past with a drive. You want to protect the deep paint, and you don't want to give up layups, but when the ball gets kicked back out, we have got to have more urgency to run people off the line. Keeping his job isn't now one of them.

Brandon Ingram was running point and staring down Carmelo Anthony defensively, rejecting Melo's shot as if he were the grizzled vet who knew what move was coming. Golden State looms on Tuesday. League sources say the Denver Nuggets and Orlando Magic have also shown at least a passing interest in Hood, who is set to be a restricted free agent this summer.