Sunday, December 5, 2021

Lakers increased 26 point lead and lost to Tander

At the end of the Lakers’ 26-point collapse, which resulted in an inexplicable 123-115 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, who entered the game without a win, Russell Westbrook lost his composure and was eliminated from the game.

In fact, it was a loss that every Laker must share, even if it was the second game in a row.

And all LeBron James could do was watch from the bench because his painful right ankle prevented him from participating in the second game in a row.

But even James was surprised by what he saw from his teammates, who had a 72-44 lead in the second quarter.

Anthony Davis decided to give it a try despite the pain in his right knee. He played 36 minutes 32 seconds and scored 30 points and eight rebounds.

“To be honest, there isn’t much to say,” Davis said. “We have a veteran baseball club. We know that we must not lose this game. Of course, it’s not easy, because this team fought and the way we were leading. We had 41-19 … And we have to win this one. But I think this is what we just washed away. “

The game was nearly over for the Lakers when Thunder forward Darius Bazley stole a pass from Rajon Rondo with 3.1 seconds left and Oklahoma City increased the score to 120-115. But instead of knocking out time, Basley raced for the dunk 1.5 seconds before the fallen Lakers left Paycom Center on Wednesday night.

Westbrook objected and exchanged words with Basley.

This earned Westbrook a technical foul, his second in the game and a catapult.

“As I play this game, I am more old school and when [stuff] as it happens, I don’t let it slide, ”Westbrook said. “So, I take it by the chin and move on. But there are certain things about basketball that you don’t do. As in baseball, the bat is not flipped.

“These are certain things that you don’t. These are certain things in sports. The game is already over. And I didn’t like it. Just like that. “

Oklahoma City defender Josh Giddy (3) and striker Kenrich Williams (34) beat forward Darius Bazley (7) and Lakers defender Russell Westbrook in the second half on Wednesday in Oklahoma City.

(Garett Fiesbeck / Associated Press)

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Hitting two technical fouls and shooting, obviously this was not the night Westbrook expected upon returning to the city where he spent the first 11 years of his career.

Fans cheered Westbrook when he was introduced, but they booed him as he walked into the Lakers’ locker room after being thrown out of the game.

With all of Thunder’s starting five scoring double-digit points and a reserve doing the same, the Lakers didn’t have enough fighting or firepower to catch up with Thunder 1-4.

Shai Gilgeus-Alexander topped the Thunder with 27 points and Bazley with 20.

Despite a poor play in the second half, which saw the Lakers lose eight points in the fourth, they still had three equalization opportunities in three-point attempts.

Westbrook missed a three-point attempt as the Lakers were down 118-115.

The Thunder played the ball but were called out by an eight-second infraction, returning the ball to the Lakers.

After another Lakers time-out, 17.7 seconds before the end of the match, Malik Monk, who started instead of James in the second game in a row, hit a three-point aerosol ball.

But even then, Thunder was unable to close the game by flipping the ball over.

As the ball rolled towards him near the three-point arc, Carmelo Anthony also hit the balloon with 5.7 seconds left.

Perhaps, Davis was asked, the Lakers are still adapting early in the season and this has led to defeat.

“No. It’s not an adaptation period at all. Not in this game. It’s right on us. It’s not. No,” he said. “Other games are possible. But this is not an adaptation game in which I feel, ‘Oh, we all still learning each other. We are still … “No. Not this game.”

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