Lopez scores 20, helps Lakers top Thunder 108-104
Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez, top left, shoots in front of Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
By Cliff Brunt, Associated Press
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Brook Lopez scored 20 points, Julius Randle added 19 and the Los Angeles Lakers sent the Oklahoma City Thunder to their fourth straight loss, 108-104 on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).
Jordan Clarkson scored 18 points and Brandon Ingram added 16 for the Lakers, who have won 6-of-8.
Russell Westbrook scored 36 points and Paul George added 26 for the Thunder. Oklahoma City had won eight in a row before its current skid.
The Lakers took an 82-79 lead into the fourth quarter. Westbrook checked back in with the Lakers leading 87-84 and just over eight minutes remaining.
The Lakers went up 98-90 on a fast break layup by Josh Hart. Ingram made a layup for the Lakers and George fouled him.
George argued the call and was issued a technical foul with 3:32 left. Ingram and Clarkson each made a free throw to give the Lakers a 10-point lead. The Lakers pushed the lead to 12 before the Thunder rallied.
A three-pointer by George trimmed the Lakers' lead to 107-104 with 24.7 seconds to play. Randle was fouled with 17.9 seconds left, and he made the first of two free throws. Westbrook missed a long three-pointer, and the Lakers pulled down the rebound to escape.
Lakers: G Lonzo Ball missed his 10th straight game with a sore left knee. ... Coach Luke Walton was called for a technical foul late in the first quarter. ... Lopez made 4-of-9 three-pointers. ... Hart had 14 points and 11 rebounds. ... F Kyle Kuzma, the team's leading scorer, finished with two points in 16 minutes.
Thunder: Anthony had six rebounds in the first quarter. He finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds. ... Anthony and C Steven Adams were called for technicals in the third quarter. ... Made just 7-of-25 three-pointers.
The Lakers host Phoenix on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time).
The Thunder play at Golden State on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time).