Riding on trademark performances from Carmelo Anthony and Steven Adams, Oklahoma City Thunder secured a commanding 114-90 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at home. In another game, Golden State Warriors had their work cut out in the latter stages as they beat Chicago Bulls 119 - 112.
Los Angeles Lakers 90 - 114 Oklahoma City Thunder
In the absence of Lonzo Ball, the Lakers handed the ball-handling responsibilities to Tyler Ennis for the game away at the Thunder. While the Thunder dominated proceedings early on with Carmelo Anthony and Steven Adams, the Lakers ensured that they stayed in touching distance shooting an impressive 60% from the field in the first quarter. However, a late burst by the hosts meant that the lead had been extended to eight points (33-25) going into the first break. Following the interval, Kyle Kuzma came into his own with a three and an assist before
After the break, the Lakers kept up with the Thunder reaching a score of 61-66, but that was when everything started going wrong for the visitors. Carmelo led the hosts on a 9-0 run to extend the lead to double digits and while the Lakers did keep finding buckets on regular intervals, their poor post presence was costing them as Adams was grabbing literally anything that came back off the rim. It resulted in the Thunder going into the final quarter with a 21 point lead with the scoreboard reading 93-72. With a comfortable lead and a possible win in the bag, Thunder decided to give their squad players an extended run in and the Lakers followed suit soon and saw out the game that ended 114-90 in the hosts’ favour. The Lakers are now 0-8 when Lonzo hasn’t played for them this season and now sit at 13th on the table while the Thunder’s three-game win streak has seen them cement the fifth place on the table.
Golden State Warriors 119 - 112 Chicago Bulls
There was no question as to who the
After the break, both Durant and Klay picked up the pace and with Curry already hot in the game, the Warriors went on a 19-0 run to virtually take the game away from the Bulls with over a quarter left in the match. With a comfortable lead in the bag, Steve Kerr decided to let the squad players get some game time, leaving just Klay on the court. Slowly and steadily, riding on Nikola Mirotic’s points, the Bulls made a comeback into the game reducing the deficit to just nine points (108-99) with just under six minutes to go. After two back to back Warriors turnovers, the lead stood at just five points. However, the Warriors used their experience to just close out the game and secure another win on the road to take their overall record to 37-9 for the season. The Bulls, however, with a 17-28 season are looking like they will miss the playoffs again this year.
Other results :
Hornets 133 - 109 Wizards
Nets 95 - 100 Spurs
Raptors 96 - 90 Pistons
Hawks 94 - 93 Pelicans
Bucks 101 - 106 Heat
Grizzlies 105 - 99 Knicks