Thunder Start Road Trip With Loss to Lakers
Nick Young hit a 3-pointer with five seconds left to give the Los Angeles Lakers the lead, then held on after a missed Russell Westbrook 3-point attempt to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-109 on Tuesday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The Thunder rallied in the fourth quarter after trailing by double digits, and took the lead 109-108 lead on a putback by Steven Adams with 13 seconds left.
That’s when Young’s three-pointer gave the Lakers the lead for good.
Los Angeles led most of the game, building a 13-point lead in the first quarter, before OKC came back to make it a one-point deficit at halftime, 49-48.
Westbrook led OKC with 34 points, hitting four 3-pointers, and adding 13 assists and 8 rebounds.
At one point late in the fourth quarter, Westbrook scored 15 straight Thunder points to spark the comeback.
Four other Thunder players scored in double figures, led by Steven Adams, who had a career high 20 points.
Victor Oladipo added 14, Joffrey Lauvergne had 12 and Enes Kanter 10.
The Thunder hit 11 3-pointers, but the Lakers were even better, knocking down 14 for the game.
The Lakers spread out their points, with six scoring in double figures, led by Jordan Clarkson’s 18 points.
Young added 17 points.
The Lakers ended a 9-game losing streak to the Thunder, who fell to 8-7 on the season, while L.A. improved to 8-7.
OKC continues their three-game road trip with a visit to Sacramento on Wednesday night at 9:30 CST.