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Hot-shooting Lakers stun Thunder in overtime road win – Daily News

Hot-shooting Lakers stun Thunder in overtime road win – Daily News
  • Thunder middle Steven Adams, left, and Lakers guard Josh Hart battle for a rebound through the second half of Thursday’s recreation in Oklahoma Metropolis. (AP Photograph/Sue Ogrocki)

  • Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (zero) retains the ball from Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, left, through the first half of an NBA basketball recreation in Oklahoma Metropolis, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. (AP Photograph/Sue Ogrocki)

  • Los Angeles Lakers ahead Kyle Kuzma (zero) collides with Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder guard Dennis Schroeder (17) as he goes to the basket in the course of the second half of an NBA basketball recreation in Oklahoma Metropolis, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Thunder guard Hamidou Diallo (6) is at proper. (AP Photograph/Sue Ogrocki)

  • Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (zero) and Los Angeles Lakers middle Ivica Zubac (40) attain for a rebound in the course of the first half of an NBA basketball recreation in Oklahoma Metropolis, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. (AP Photograph/Sue Ogrocki)

  • Los Angeles Lakers middle Ivica Zubac, left, dunks in entrance of Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (zero) in the course of the second half of an NBA basketball recreation in Oklahoma Metropolis, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. (AP Photograph/Sue Ogrocki)

  • Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (zero) drives previous Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball through the first half of an NBA basketball recreation in Oklahoma Metropolis, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. (AP Photograph/Sue Ogrocki)

  • Los Angeles Lakers middle Tyson Chandler (5) shoots over Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder ahead Paul George (13) through the first half of an NBA basketball recreation in Oklahoma Metropolis, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. (AP Photograph/Sue Ogrocki)

  • Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder middle Steven Adams (12) reaches for a rebound in entrance of Los Angeles Lakers middle Tyson Chandler (5) in the course of the first half of an NBA basketball recreation in Oklahoma Metropolis, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. (AP Photograph/Sue Ogrocki)

  • Los Angeles Lakers ahead Kyle Kuzma, middle, shoots between Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder middle Steven Adams (12) and ahead Paul George, proper, through the second half of an NBA basketball recreation in Oklahoma Metropolis, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. (AP Photograph/Sue Ogrocki)

  • Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (zero) shoots in entrance of Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) through the second half of an NBA basketball recreation in Oklahoma Metropolis, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. (AP Photograph/Sue Ogrocki)

  • Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart (Three) reaches for the ball in entrance of Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder guard Terrance Ferguson, proper, in overtime of an NBA basketball recreation in Oklahoma Metropolis, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. (AP Photograph/Sue Ogrocki)

  • Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder ahead Paul George (13) shoots as Los Angeles Lakers ahead Brandon Ingram, left, defends through the second half of an NBA basketball recreation in Oklahoma Metropolis, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. (AP Photograph/Sue Ogrocki)

  • Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder ahead Jerami Grant (9) knocks the ball away from Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) throughout overtime of an NBA basketball recreation in Oklahoma Metropolis, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. (AP Photograph/Sue Ogrocki)

  • Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder ahead Paul George, proper, reaches for the ball held by Los Angeles Lakers ahead Kyle Kuzma (zero) throughout overtime of an NBA basketball recreation in Oklahoma Metropolis, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. (AP Photograph/Sue Ogrocki)

  • Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (zero) dunks between Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart, left, and middle JaVale McGee through the second half of an NBA basketball recreation in Oklahoma Metropolis, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. (AP Photograph/Sue Ogrocki)

  • Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) shoots as Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder ahead Jerami Grant defends in the course of the first half of an NBA basketball recreation in Oklahoma Metropolis, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. (AP Photograph/Sue Ogrocki)

  • Los Angeles Lakers ahead Brandon Ingram (14) dives for a unfastened ball subsequent to Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder ahead Paul George (13) through the first half of an NBA basketball recreation in Oklahoma Metropolis, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. (AP Photograph/Sue Ogrocki)

  • Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, left, and guard Josh Hart rejoice after the Lakers defeated the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder 138-128 in overtime in an NBA basketball recreation in Oklahoma Metropolis, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. (AP Photograph/Sue Ogrocki)

OKLAHOMA CITY — The LeBron-less period of the Lakers has been characterised by unsettling patterns: a scarcity of ball motion, energy outages from deep, poor performances from the free-throw line.

It made sense, then, that for probably the most vital win in the final 12 video games, the Lakers (25-21) performed completely out of character.

A 138-128 overtime victory over the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder (26-18) showcased a veritable offensive arsenal that has largely been missing with out LeBron James. And Lonzo Ball, some of the critiqued and questioned shooters on the group, helped lead them there amid a hostile road setting at Chesapeake Power Area.

Ball had 5 of his 18 factors in the additional interval (plus an help), in which the Lakers outscored the Thunder 16-6. Whereas Kyle Kuzma led the squad with 32 factors (tying a career-best with seven Three-pointers), Ball helped make up for a important error that pressured overtime in the primary place.

Coach Luke Walton, who has seen fourth-quarter leads dry up notably through the 5-7 stretch the Lakers have performed with out James (left groin pressure), yelled himself hoarse as he coaxed as a lot as he might out of his staff down the stretch. At one level late Thursday night, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope walked up behind him and kneaded his shoulders, telling him to chill out.

Earlier than overtime, when the Lakers held the Thunder to only 2 for 13 from the sector, Walton relayed that message to his gamers, too.

“The message was simple. It was, how much fun is this?,” he stated. “We got five minutes more of basketball to play now. We wanted to win but here we are: We got five more minutes. Let’s enjoy this.”

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Of all locations, most of the most crucial factors got here on the free-throw line. However the officiating crew later acknowledged that they had the incorrect name on the play that led to overtime.

Josh Hart made a pair of free throws to place the Lakers forward by three factors with 35 seconds left in regulation. After the groups traded possessions, Ball was whistled fouling Russell Westbrook, capturing simply 23 % from Three-pointer vary this season, past the arc. When the officers reviewed the footage to ensure it was a Three-point shot, they later admitted to a pool reporter that they realized Ball had fouled Westbrook earlier than he squared as much as shoot.

NBA guidelines don’t permit officers to overturn calls based mostly on whether or not a foul happens earlier than or after a shot. Whereas the Lakers begged the officers in useless for a unique outcome, Westbrook calmly canned all three photographs on the line to tie the rating. The Lakers inbounded to Kuzma with 2.7 seconds left, however he missed a turnaround jumper on the buzzer and the sport headed to overtime.

However the Lakers have been as much as making their free throws too: Zubac, Kuzma and Brandon Ingram made essential free throws (5 for five) in the final interval to assist pull the Lakers previous the end line.

Among the many many statistics the Lakers have been pleased with, they have been most happy that every of the 12 males who might play scored.

“Beating a good team like that, in their home, in overtime, the odds were against us,” Ball stated. “We pulled it out. I know Luke lost his voice, I know he was doing the best coaching job he could do, and we all did it together, from the coaching staff to the last dude.”

How bizarre was it? Ingram set a brand new profession excessive in assists (11) earlier than making his first shot of the sport, a dunk in overtime.

How bizarre was it? The odd man out of a three-man middle rotation, Zubac, had a career-best efficiency with 26 factors on 12-of-14 capturing towards Steven Adams, one of many sturdiest facilities in the league.

How bizarre was it? The Lakers, the worst free-throw capturing workforce in the league, made their first 11 photographs on the line, ending 19 for 21.

The Thunder stepped as much as the problem whereas enjoying barely past their very own capabilities, setting a franchise report for Three-pointers (22) and leaning on their stars. Paul George had one other fiery efficiency towards the staff he spurned in free company, going 9 for 19 from the sector with 27 factors, whereas Westbrook’s 12 assists and Adams’ 17-14 double-double stored the Lakers from pulling forward by greater than seven factors.

However in the overtime interval, Oklahoma Metropolis’s star energy went quiet. George missed all 5 of his photographs, Westbrook missed one (with only one help) and Adams didn’t try one, despite the fact that the starters performed everything of the body.

As scorching because the Thunder began the sport from deep, the Lakers guess on them lacking afterward. All however one in every of OKC’s overtime photographs was a Three-pointer.

“We knew that OKC is struggling with 3-point shooting (as a) team, stat-wise,” Kuzma stated. “They came out and hit some big threes in that first and second quarter but we stuck to the game plan, played the percentages and were able to get stops and rebounds.”

Rebounding, a sticking level from the earlier loss to the Thunder this month, swung again in the Lakers’ path: They gained the glass battle 63-44. The Lakers additionally held the Thunder to a worse general capturing proportion (39.four %) than from behind the arc (40.7 %), ending with six blocked photographs as a staff.

From the best way the Lakers began, they seemed to be cruising towards a blowout loss. After sticking with a beginning lineup that includes middle Tyson Chandler and guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in the pursuits of “defensive intensity,” the Lakers allowed a 16-7 run to start out the sport. It was fueled by the Thunder’s personal prowess on the defensive finish: That they had 5 steals earlier than the primary media timeout.

That rugged begin continued for a lot of the first quarter for the Lakers, who trailed by as a lot as 17 factors in the interval the place they’ve struggled probably the most in the previous few video games.

However the bench (which completed with 61 factors), turned the power round, beginning the second quarter on a 21-5 run. Hart, coming off the bench for the second straight recreation, had a galvanizing impact on the staff, ending with 12 factors, 10 rebounds and 5 assists to go together with three steals.

It helped that the Lakers, one of many worst Three-point capturing groups in the league, began the night time on hearth from deep and completed 19 for 40 from past the arc, making extra Three-pointers than that they had in any recreation this season.

The win gave the Lakers a wanted dose of confidence to start out a dangerous stretch of the schedule, together with video games at Houston (Saturday) and internet hosting Golden State (Monday).

“It says we have enough,” Ingram stated. “It says we have guys in this room that can do different things at different times and in any night it can be a different guy’s night on the basketball floor. No matter what we do, if we follow the game plan, that we can be really good.”

YesSir Males!!! Helluva WIN!!! @Lakers #LakeShow

— LeBron James (@KingJames) January 18, 2019

.@LakersReporter caught up with @joshhart to debate how the #Lakers have been capable of flip the tide towards the Thunder to return out on prime. pic.twitter.com/5YVgu9qfyl

— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) January 18, 2019

🎥 Lakers recuperate from an early deficit to take down the Thunder in overtime tonight, 138-128 #LakersWin pic.twitter.com/VMiB837vZ7

— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 18, 2019

“Without him [Josh Hart] we don’t win this game and then obviously Zu was huge for us too.”

Luke Walton and @LakersReporter mirror on a wild recreation in OKC. #Lakers pic.twitter.com/RPPXQVFgQp

— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) January 18, 2019

.@kylekuzma (32 PTS, eight REB, four AST, Three STL) tells @LakersReporter how “sticking to the game plan and playing the percentages” allowed the #Lakers to chip away at OKC’s lead and finally take the win. pic.twitter.com/9F42lVi5Bj

— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) January 18, 2019

.@ZO2_ (18 PTS, 10 AST, 6 REB) shares his ideas on the #Lakers coming again towards a troublesome OKC workforce and a number of the key gamers that led the best way. pic.twitter.com/DsN2x2PuFH

— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) January 18, 2019