‘Breaking a losing streak’ Lakers beat Oklahoma City 112:105…LeBron James scores 25 points

The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder to end a two-game losing streak.

The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-105 on Saturday (Nov. 16) in their 2023-2024 NBA regular season home game at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California, USA.

The Lakers, who recently snapped a two-game losing streak, improved to 20-21 and moved up one spot to 10th in the Western Conference. Oklahoma City, which saw its four-game winning streak come to an end, remained in second place in the Western Conference 텍사스홀덤사이트 with a 27-12 record.

With a win, Oklahoma City would have closed the gap on first-place Minnesota (28-11), but the Lakers’ loss left them a half-game behind the third-place Denver Nuggets (28-13).

After a back-and-forth first half, the Lakers and Oklahoma City entered the second half tied at 50-50. The Lakers fell behind by six points early in the third quarter after back-to-back 3-pointers from Oklahoma City’s Lugentz Dolt and Josh Giddy, but regained the lead on a layup by Austin Reeves midway through the third quarter.

Back-to-back 3-pointers by James and Rui Hachimura widened the gap, and Anthony Davis hit two cool dunks in a row to swing the momentum back in the Lakers’ favor.

Leading by eight points, 84-76, entering the final quarter, the Lakers pushed their lead to 13 points on two D’Angelo Russell free throws with 3:33 left in the game.

Oklahoma City scored seven straight points with 2:05 to play to pull away, but the Lakers sealed the win with a dunk by Davis with 50.1 seconds left.

The Lakers had six players score in double figures, including Davis (27 points, 15 rebounds) and James (25 points), who missed the previous game due to injury.

Oklahoma City got 25 points from Jaylen Williams and 24 points from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

Meanwhile, the Detroit Pistons snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 129-117 victory over the Washington Wizards in an Eastern Conference “battle of the bottom feeders.

After losing 28 straight games this season, setting a new NBA single-season record for the longest losing streak, Detroit woke up from its nightmare by sacrificing the Toronto Raptors on Dec. 31 in its last game of the year, but immediately after that, it fell back into a seven-game losing streak, starting against the Houston Rockets.

Detroit is 4-36 and at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, while Washington is 7-32 and in a tie for 14th place. Alec Bucks paced the Wizards with 34 points, while Washington’s Tyus Jones chipped in with 22.

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