The Los Angeles Lakers controlled the vast majority of Tuesday night’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but never really pulled away. Games like that can have a tendency to come back and bite a team, but it didn’t in this case, with a huge triple-double from LeBron James (and a clutch shot from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope) securing the 112-107 win for L.A.
It was James who was the story of the night once again, though. He remains pretty good. He logged his fifth triple-double of this season, and has now had one such stat line against every team in the NBA — something no other player in NBA history has accomplished. He finished with 25 points, 10 assists and 11 rebounds.
Kyle Kuzma’s eye will get the vast majority of the attention coming out of this one, though. He entered Tuesday night shooting just shy of 47% from deep over the last five games and, as has become customary for Lakers players over the last few seasons, he followed up that strong string of games by getting hurt.
In the second quarter, Darius Bazley accidentally caught Kuzma in the eye with his finger swinging through on offense. Kuzma had to leave the court bleeding from his eye. As the second half was getting started, the Lakers announced they considered him questionable to return, but as we’ve learned from how the Lakers handle such information, we probably should consider it fortunate his eye was still attached.
The Lakers don’t play again until Friday, so Kuzma will have some time to recover, though you can never be too careful with the eyes or the area around them.
Before the game, Anthony Davis said his shoulder has been feeling better and it appeared to help his shooting stroke. He hit three of his four attempts from behind the three-point line, easily his best shooting night from there on the season. If anything close to that continues, the Lakers become an even more dangerous offensive team.
As previously noted, the Lakers have a couple days off before their next game, as they’ll once against face the Thunder — this time in OKC on Friday.