Lakers trounce short-handed Thunder

The Oklahoma City Thunder (31-24) will look to avoid a letdown on Thursday when they visit the Los Angeles Lakers (22-31).

Brandon Ingram scored 26 points for the Lakers, while Julius Randle added 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 20 points, and the balanced Lakers defeated the short-handed Oklahoma City Thunder 106-81 on Thursday night.

Los Angeles is riding a three-game winning streak both straight up and against the spread.

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The Thunder led by as many as nine points in the first quarter, then the Lakers started to heat up, and by the end of the quarter, led 30-27.

The Lakers were also short-handed, after a trade with Cleveland sent Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance, the Cavaliers, that will eventually bring Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye, plus the Cavs first round pick in 2018 to the Lakers. That said, he will definitely generate a lot of interest from teams around the league who will all make their best pitches to him to try and land his services.

Westbrook appears to have suffered the injury during Tuesday's emphatic win over the Warriors despite posting 34 points, nine rebounds and nine assists during that contest. "Carmelo went down in the first quarter, and I thought Patrick came in, did a nice job". Anthony missed just his second game of the season due to injury after playing only six minutes against the Warriors before spraining his right ankle. "I don't want to get ahead of myself there", Donovan said. Ingram handled point guard duties with rookie Lonzo Ball sitting out his 11th straight game with knee soreness. Los Angeles Lakers vs Oklahoma City Thunder live streaming, Lakers vs Thunder live streaming and Lakers live streaming info follows. "So, it's just different guys gotta step up, and I think that's why you have a complement of players and guys have an opportunity to fill roles and help our team if those guys are in a position that they can't play".

  • Lawrence Cooper