It wasn’t easy, but the Los Angeles Lakers were able to extend their winning streak to six games on Friday with their second win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in four days — this time a 130-27 win on the road.
Like Tuesday’s game, the Lakers and Thunder went at it four all 48 minutes, but a pair of clutch trips to the free-throw line from Anthony Davis and a timely steal from LeBron James sealed it for Los Angeles. Their 3-point shooting also played a big role in their win.
The Lakers were feeling it from distance on Friday, draining 54.8% of their 31 attempts. Four different Lakers finished the game with at least four 3-point makes, including Anthony Davis, who went 4-7 from behind the arc. Davis ended the night with a game-high 33 points to go along with 11 rebounds and seven assists — the last of which is tied for his season-high. He also had his first game without a block this season, but considering the Lakers still won, it’s not a big deal.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope also heated up from 3-point range, making four of his five threes. Caldwell-Pope is now shooting 62.5% from behind the arc over the last four games. With Avery Bradley still sidelined with a hairline fracture, Caldwell-Pope has maintained the intensity Bradley brings on the defensive end while knocking down shots at high clip. As long as he’s doing that, he’ll have a spot in the rotation.
Danny Green was the third player to finish with four 3-point makes. He ended the game with 14 points.
Last but not least, James finished his night with 23 points, 14 assists and 6 rebounds. James has had at least 10 assists in the last seven games, the longest streak of his career and the longest by a Lakers player since Magic Johnson had 10 straight in 1990-91.
The Lakers will be back at it on Saturday to take on the Memphis Grizzlies at FedEx Forum in their second matchup of the season. Like tonight’s contest, that game will tip off at 5:00 p.m. PST, and will also be televised on Spectrum SportsNet.