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    Lakers need extra minutes again, edge Thunder for second straight OT win

    Feb 9, 2021

    LOS ANGELES — LeBron James had 28 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists for his third triple-double of the season, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 119-112 in overtime on Monday night (Tuesday, Manila time) to win their fifth in a row.

    It was their second straight overtime win after beating Detroit in two overtimes on Saturday. The Lakers tied their longest winning streak of the season despite being without Anthony Davis, who sat out with right Achilles tendinosis.

    The Lakers dominated overtime after playing from behind for much of regulation. They scored seven straight to go up 117-110. The Thunder had a turnover, a shot-clock violation and two misses by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander before Hamidou Diallo finally scored.

    James answered with a basket that kept the Lakers ahead 119-112.

    The Thunder’s miscues weren’t over. Darius Bazley turned the ball over on a double-dribble and Gilgeous-Alexander was called for an offensive foul. Oklahoma City challenged that call, but lost the decision and the Lakers kept possession before playing out the clock.

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    LeBron James on the Lakes bench

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    Gilgeous-Alexander narrowly missed matching James’ triple-double. He finished with 29 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. Bazley added 21 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. Diallo had 20 points and tied his career high with 11 rebounds.

    Dennis Schroder added 19 points for the Lakers. Montrezl Harrell had 21 points and Wesley Matthews had 16, including four 3-pointers, off the bench. Kyle Kuzma added 11 points and 10 rebounds.

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    The Lakers trailed by 11 in the fourth. James stole the ball from Bazley and scored to tie the game, 107-all. It was part of an 8-0 run by the Lakers in the closing seconds.

    Gilgeous-Alexander got fouled on a 3-point attempt and made all three free throws with 1 second left to force the extra session.

    The Lakers opened the third on an 18-8 run, highlighted by consecutive dunks from James including a one-handed reverse jam, to take a 74-68 lead. The Thunder answered by closing out the quarter with a 16-2 spurt, with Diallo scoring seven to go into the fourth leading 84-76.

    Dennis Schroder squeezing a layup

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    Thunder: They lost to the Lakers by 29 points on Jan. 13.

    Lakers: They’ve won six games this season after trailing by 10 or more points.


    The teams meet again Wednesday at Staples Center.


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