Oklahoma City Thunder

Thunder Loses 138-128 to Lakers in Overtime

Zachary Low


Despite leading by 17 midway through the first quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night, the Oklahoma City Thunder lost in dramatic fashion 138-128 in overtime.

The Oklahoma City Thunder got off to as good of a start as they have had in a while. The defense was active and less than 5 minutes into the game, OKC had scored 12 points off of Laker turnovers to take a 16-7 lead behind 8 points from Steven Adams.

The Lakers were able to get within 5 points thanks to 3-3 start from beyond the arc for Kyle Kuzma, but the Thunder could not miss from deep either. OKC shot 6-9 (66.7%) from three in the period, and 17 points scored off of Laker turnovers put the Thunder on top 39-27 through the first frame.

The Lakers came out with some energy to start the second quarter, and a 17-5 run against the Thunder bench forced Billy Donovan to call a timeout just a couple of minutes into the period. Los Angeles kept it rolling against OKC’s second unit, though, and the extended 29-7 run midway through the period gave the Lakers a 49-44 lead, forcing Donovan to call another timeout and to put the starters back in the game.

The Thunder was able to fight back and retake the lead with a couple of minutes left in the half, but the Lakers finished the quarter on a 6-0 run to take a 67-63 lead into halftime.

Russell Westbrook hit a three to start the third quarter, and Paul George hit a jumper of his own to put the Thunder immediately back on top 68-67. After a Terrance Ferguson free throw, the Lakers went on a 10-2 run, however, to go up 77-71 and force Billy Donovan into a timeout.

A quick 8-0 run after the timeout put the Thunder back on top temporarily, and it seemed as if both teams wanted to stick to the three-ball as OKC went 5-8 from deep in the period while the Lakers shot 5-11. At the end of the quarter, the Thunder held a small 96-95 lead.

The fourth quarter was full of more back-and-forth basketball. Both teams held 3-point leads on multiple occasions, and with 2.9 seconds left trailing by 3, Russell Westbrook was fouled while attempting a 3. He went to the free throw line and knocked down all 3 to tie it up at 122-122. Kyle Kuzma had a chance to win the game, but he missed a shot at the buzzer, and the game went to overtime.

Overtime belonged to the Lakers, unfortunately, as the Thunder settled for shots almost exclusively from three, and despite hitting a franchise-record 22 from deep, the shots were not falling in the end, and OKC lost for the fifth time in six games 138-128.

Saturday Matinee in Philly

The Thunder is now headed to Philadelphia where they will take on the 76ers on Saturday afternoon for a rare matinee matchup. The 76ers are on a 3-game win streak and have won 7 of their last 10. The two teams will tip-off at 2:30 PM on ABC, and the game will be broadcast on the radio at WWLS 98.1 FM.

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