The Lakers were hot coming out of the gate, moving the ball, playing team defense and hitting shots they haven’t made in recent games. However, after taking an early 10-0 lead and ending the quarter tied at 26, the Lakers let their foot off the gas and gave up 37 points in the second quarter. It would only get worse from there.
Leading way for the Thunder was none other than George, shooting a blistering 64.3 percent shooting from the field in 27 minutes. OKC’s big three of George, Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony combined for 65 points.
The Thunder also got some unexpected production from rookie Terrance Ferguson, who tied George’s scoring total with 24, but Ferguson did most of his damage from behind the arc, where he made six of his nine attempts. Ferguson was taken with the No. 21 pick in the draft, six picks ahead of the Lakers’ leading scorer Kyle Kuzma.
Kuzma broke out of his shooting slump (kinda’) and finished the night 18 points on 50 percent shooting from the field. He also added three rebounds, two blocks and an assist. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope wasn’t too far behind with 12 points.
The Lakers will host Dwight Howard and the Charlotte Hornets on Friday, where they will try and avoid equaling their longest losing streak from last season, which bottomed out at eight games.