After a hard fought battle, the Oklahoma City Thunder fell for the second straight game to the Los Angeles Lakers 130-127 on Friday night at the ‘Peake.
Tonight’s loss drops the Thunder to 5-10 on the season and making them losers of six of the last eight games and now three straight losses which all come to teams from the City of Angels.
With Nerlens Noel out of tonight’s game with an illness, the young guys for Oklahoma City stepped up in the first half. Mike Muscala came off the bench and played one of his better games in a Thunder jersey to the tune of seven points and five boards in 21 minutes of play.
Hamidou Diallo saw his first action in a few games tonight where he scored eight points in 15 minutes and made several athletic plays on offense. Terrance Ferguson continues his streak of good shooting make 3-5 from three and score eleven points total.
Dennis Schröder and Rajon Rondo were assessed double technicals in the second quarter after a scuffle at the end of a play. The two went after it all game.
With the good play of the young guys the Thunder lead the Lakers at halftime 67-66. LeBron James made a big save, setting up KCP for the three-pointer, which ultimately helped decide the game, to end the half.
The Lakers used the momentum coming out of halftime, James and the Lakers went on a 10-2 run to go up 76-69 early in the third quarter. The Lakers led by 10 or more most of the third quarter in what looked like a typical third quarter meltdown by Oklahoma City.
It was until the Thunder fought back late in the third with a Shai Gilgeous-Alexander three point they pulled within three to end the third quarter.
Rondo was ejected after getting other tech in the fourth quarter in another scuffle with Schröder.
After closing the gap on the score in the fourth Oklahoma City and the Lakers battled back and forth until the end with Chris Paul guarding his banana boat buddy James down the stretch.
The Thunder had no answer for the new duo of James and Anthony Davis, allowing the pair to score 56 points combined.
Gilgeous-Alexander was the Thunder’s leading scorer with 24 points while Steven Adams had himself a night scoring 22 points and looking dominant in the paint offensively.
The Oklahoma City Thunder head back on the road for two more games on the west coast early next week against the Golden State Warriors on Monday and Portland on Wednesday. The tip-off is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. on FS Oklahoma.We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Don't forget to subsribe on Youtube! Our Podcast is on iTunes and on Stitcher. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!