The Thunder ran everything through Paul George without reigning league MVP and Carmelo Anthony, who were sidelined with injuries on Thursday. George led the Thunder with a team-high 29 points on 5-of-12 shooting from the behind the arc the 34 minutes he was on the floor. He scored 15 of his 29 points in the first quarter.
Unfortunately, the Thunder weren’t able to get anything going on offense from anyone else. Steven Adams was the second-leading scorer with 13 points. No other player on the Thunder finished in double figures.
The Lakers, on the other hand, had five different players finish in double figures, with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope leading the way for LA with 20 points on 3-of-5 shooting from behind the arc. KCP wasn’t his usual self on defense, but he made up for that by hitting 70 percent of his shots from the field.
Brandon Ingram wasn’t too far behind with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field. Ingram also contributed a team-high six assists. Ingram has seemingly bought into the drive and kick game, something that is going to help the team a lot if they can hit open shots. His combination of size, speed and natural playmaking ability make him a serious threat in drive and kick situations. As he gets stronger and more comfortable with his body, he’s going to be a triple-double machine.
Julius Randle continues to build on his strong performances as a starter, finishing with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. As someone who wasn’t a stranger to trade rumors throughout the season, it was nice to see the front office recognize an evolving situation and ultimately deciding not to deal him at the deadline.
The Lakers will have the day off before traveling to Dallas to face the Mavericks. The Mavericks are the worst team in the Western Conference with 17 wins and 38 losses.