11/30 23:31 CST Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scores 33 as Thunder beat Lakers 133-110
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scores 33 as Thunder beat Lakers 133-110
By CLIFF BRUNT
AP Sports Writer
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) --- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 33 points and the
Oklahoma City Thunder beat LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers 133-110 on
Gilgeous-Alexander made 11 of 18 field goals and 10 of 10 free throws. Jalen
Williams scored 21 points and Chet Holmgren added 18 for the Thunder, who were
coming off close losses to Philadelphia and Minnesota.
"I thought it was an energy, work win tonight," Thunder coach Mark Daigneault
said. "I just thought we really exerted ourselves on the game and our defense
--- how we scrambled, our running. We were just fast tonight."
Anthony Davis led Los Angeles with 31 points and 14 rebounds. James had 21
points, 12 rebounds and six assists for the Lakers. He was a game-time decision
with a left calf contusion.
Oklahoma City shot 53.2% from the field and committed only nine turnovers to
improve to 12-6.
"I really like my teammates, like genuinely," Gilgeous-Alexander said. "It's a
special group of guys, and I enjoy being around them. And then I prioritize
winning, and you can't win alone."
The injury-plagued Lakers have had an up-and-down week. They lost to
Philadelphia by 44 points on Monday, then bounced back to defeat Detroit by 26
on Wednesday. Cam Reddish (right groin soreness), Rui Hachimura (nasal
fracture), Jaxson Hayes (left elbow soreness), Jarred Vanderbilt (left heel
bursitis) and Gabe Vincent (swollen left knee joint) were sidelined for Los
"We knew this was going to be tough at the end of the road trip," Lakers coach
Darvin Ham said. "Our guys fought to the best of their ability. You know,
obviously, there's some things we need to clean up and we could have done
better. We tried our best under the circumstances."
The injuries have made it difficult for the Lakers to figure out their
strengths and weaknesses.
"I have no idea where we are," James said. "We don't have a group yet. I know
what some of us individually are."
The Lakers led by 14 in the first quarter, but the Thunder took over in the
second --- outscoring the Lakers 42-23 --- and led 72-60 at halftime.
"It starts on the defensive end, really playing as a unit, playing together and
for each other, and then it kind of spirals into our offense," Holmgren said.
"Everybody, when we get to that stage, that flow state, I guess --- it really
comes down to everybody playing confident. And not just themselves, but in
others and playing for each other."
Gilgeous-Alexander scored 22 points before the break, while Davis had 19 for
Oklahoma City extended its lead in the third quarter and took a 108-88
advantage into the fourth. Holmgren scored 10 points on 4-for-5 shooting in the
The Thunder led by at least 15 points the rest of the way.
Lakers: Host Houston on Saturday.
Thunder: At Dallas on Saturday.
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