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Davis’ 33 points lead Lakers past Thunder 130-127

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Being coachable paid off for Anthony Davis.

The star forward scored 24 of his 33 points in the second half to help the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 130-127 on Friday night.

He got in a rhythm after coach Frank Vogel told him to stop hesitating.

''When I hesitate, I tend to come up short or a bad miss,'' Davis said. ''And it seems to be going in a lot more when I don't hesitate.''

Davis also had 11 rebounds and seven assists, and the Lakers needed all of it. Though the Thunder have struggled this season, they played the Lakers close this week in Los Angeles and entered the night with a 5-3 home record, including a victory over Philadelphia last week.

''We find a way to win no matter what the game is,'' said LeBron James, who had 23 points and 14 assists. ''This is a very good team at home. They've struggled on the road a little bit, but we knew they were going to give it their best punch, especially just playing them on Tuesday in LA.''

The Lakers won their sixth straight and own the league's best record at 13-2.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 24 points and Steven Adams added 22 for the Thunder, who have lost five of six.

Los Angeles guard Rajon Rondo was ejected early in the fourth quarter after a kick to Dennis Schroder's groin area. Schroder made two free throws, and then Gilgeous-Alexander's layup tied the game at 109.

''I didn't think it called for an ejection, but the refs have to do what they feel best fits,'' James said. ''But, you know, I didn't think it called for an ejection.''

Davis hit a corner 3 and was fouled by Adams, then made the free throw to put the Lakers ahead 126-121 with 2:36 to play.

Oklahoma City's Chris Paul made a layup with 11.8 seconds left that cut the Lakers' lead to 126-125. Davis was fouled with 8.1 seconds left, and he made both free throws. Gilgeous-Alexander's layup with 4.2 seconds left trimmed the margin to one again, but Davis made two more free throws with 3.8 seconds remaining. James intercepted Oklahoma City's inbounds pass and ran out the clock.

''Credit OKC,'' Vogel said. ''They played an outstanding game tonight on both ends of the floor. They really competed and made big shots all night.''

It was Oklahoma City's seventh loss by five points or fewer this season.

''Yeah, it's kind of stupid, to tell you the truth,'' Paul said. ''Don't know if that's the right word, but me and Shai was talking about like, you know, we are fighting. This is our job. We are supposed to (win), so we've got to figure it out. We got to find a way to win these games.''

TIP-INS

Lakers: F Kyle Kuzma played with goggles for protection after he suffered an eye injury Tuesday against the Thunder. ... Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit a 27-foot 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer. He finished with 17 points.

Thunder: Coach Billy Donovan got a technical for arguing with officials in the second quarter. ... C Nerlens Noel (illness) did not play. ... Oklahoma City led 67-66 at halftime. The Thunder shot 56.5% from the field and made 21 of 31 shots inside the 3-point line before the break. ... Oklahoma City trimmed what once was a 15-point third-quarter deficit to 106-103 by the end of the period.

ROUGH LANDING

Thunder guard Hamidou Diallo left the game after taking contact from James on a driving layup early in the fourth quarter. Donovan said Diallo injured his elbow and did not say whether he might miss any games. Diallo was called for a foul on the play. Donovan challenged the play because James extended his elbow on the drive, causing Diallo to fall back. The call and the basket both stood, and James made the free throw.

STAT LINES

Adams had struggled through much of the season, but his 22 points on Friday night were a season high. He made 9 of 10 shots - a significant jump for a player who entered the night shooting 51% for the season.

AUTOMATIC

Davis improved his team-best 87% free-throw shooting by making 11 of 11 on Friday, including 9 of 9 in the second half.

UP NEXT

The Lakers visit the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday.

The Thunder visit the Golden State Warriors on Monday.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:42   Anthony Davis missed driving layup  
11:39   Offensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
11:39   JaVale McGee missed dunk  
11:38   Defensive rebound by Steven Adams  
11:32 +2 Steven Adams made hook shot, assist by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 0-2
11:09 +3 LeBron James made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Anthony Davis 3-2
10:49 +2 Steven Adams made layup, assist by Danilo Gallinari 3-4
10:35 +2 JaVale McGee made alley-oop shot, assist by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 5-4
10:28   Shooting foul on Anthony Davis  
10:28 +1 Danilo Gallinari made 1st of 3 free throws 5-5
10:28 +1 Danilo Gallinari made 2nd of 3 free throws 5-6
10:28 +1 Danilo Gallinari made 3rd of 3 free throws 5-7
10:22   Anthony Davis missed jump shot  
10:18   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
10:12 +2 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made jump shot 5-9
9:53   LeBron James missed jump shot  
9:51   Defensive rebound by Danilo Gallinari  
9:37   Danilo Gallinari missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:35   Defensive rebound by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope  
9:28   JaVale McGee missed alley-oop shot  
9:27   Defensive rebound by Danilo Gallinari  
9:20   Danilo Gallinari missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:16   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
9:04 +2 Anthony Davis made dunk, assist by LeBron James 7-9
8:54   Shai Gilgeous-Alexander missed jump shot  
8:52   Defensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
8:39 +2 JaVale McGee made dunk, assist by Anthony Davis 9-9
8:20 +3 Terrance Ferguson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Steven Adams 9-12
8:10   LeBron James missed jump shot  
8:07   Offensive rebound by Danny Green  
8:06 +2 LeBron James made alley-oop shot, assist by Anthony Davis 11-12
7:55   Chris Paul missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:55   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
7:44   Anthony Davis missed jump shot  
7:41   Defensive rebound by Danilo Gallinari  
7:31 +2 Danilo Gallinari made jump shot, assist by Steven Adams 11-14
7:18   Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:14   Defensive rebound by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander  
7:06   Shai Gilgeous-Alexander missed driving layup  
7:05   Defensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
7:01 +3 Danny Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by LeBron James 14-14
6:47 +2 Mike Muscala made hook shot, assist by Danilo Gallinari 14-16
6:33 +2 LeBron James made driving dunk 16-16
6:20   Danilo Gallinari missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:17   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
6:07   Danny Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:03   Defensive rebound by Terrance Ferguson  
5:55 +2 Mike Muscala made layup, assist by Terrance Ferguson 16-18
5:45 +2 Anthony Davis made jump shot 18-18
5:43   Violation  
5:35   Mike Muscala missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:32   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
5:29   Bad pass turnover on LeBron James, stolen by Mike Muscala  
5:23   Jumpball  
5:04 +2 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made driving layup 18-20
4:48   Shooting foul on Danilo Gallinari  
4:48 +1 LeBron James made 1st of 2 free throws 19-20
4:48   LeBron James missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
4:46   Defensive rebound by Mike Muscala  
4:28   Dennis Schroder missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:24   Defensive rebound by Danny Green  
4:19   Out of bounds turnover on Kyle Kuzma  
4:09 +2 Dennis Schroder made driving layup 19-22
3:48 +2 Danny Green made floating jump shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 21-22
3:36   Personal foul on Kyle Kuzma  
3:33 +3 Darius Bazley made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Terrance Ferguson 21-25
3:07 +2 Quinn Cook made driving layup 23-25
2:51   Dennis Schroder missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:47   Defensive rebound by Kyle Kuzma  
2:41   Shooting foul on Dennis Schroder  
2:41   Kyle Kuzma missed 1st of 3 free throws  
2:41   LAL team rebound  
2:41 +1 Kyle Kuzma made 2nd of 3 free throws 24-25
2:41   Kyle Kuzma missed 3rd of 3 free throws  
2:39   Defensive rebound by Hamidou Diallo  
2:18   Chris Paul missed jump shot  
2:11   Offensive rebound by Steven Adams  
2:17 +2 Steven Adams made dunk 24-27
1:56 +3 Rajon Rondo made 3-pt. jump shot 27-27
1:42   Personal foul on Rajon Rondo  
1:31   Offensive foul on Chris Paul  
1:31   Turnover on Chris Paul  
1:13 +2 Rajon Rondo made driving layup, assist by Anthony Davis 29-27
1:08   Bad pass turnover on Steven Adams, stolen by Alex Caruso  
1:04 +2 Alex Caruso made layup, assist by Quinn Cook 31-27
0:52 +2 Hamidou Diallo made dunk, assist by Chris Paul 31-29
0:36   Lost ball turnover on Alex Caruso, stolen by Hamidou Diallo  
0:31   Hamidou Diallo missed layup  
0:31   Offensive rebound by Darius Bazley  
0:31 +2 Darius Bazley made dunk 31-31
0:17 +3 Kyle Kuzma made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 34-31
0:00 +2 Dennis Schroder made floating jump shot, assist by Chris Paul 34-33
0:00   Anthony Davis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   LAL team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:42   Bad pass turnover on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, stolen by Rajon Rondo  
11:37   Rajon Rondo missed layup, blocked by Darius Bazley  
11:37   OKC team rebound  
11:37   Personal foul on Dwight Howard  
11:14 +2 Darius Bazley made jump shot, assist by Dennis Schroder 34-35
11:07 +2 Kyle Kuzma made layup, assist by LeBron James 36-35
10:56 +2 Darius Bazley made dunk, assist by Dennis Schroder 36-37
10:33   Bad pass turnover on Rajon Rondo, stolen by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander  
10:25 +2 Hamidou Diallo made reverse layup, assist by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 36-39
10:09 +2 Kyle Kuzma made jump shot, assist by LeBron James 38-39
9:55 +2 Dennis Schroder made jump shot 38-41
9:40   Alex Caruso missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:36   Defensive rebound by Mike Muscala  
9:20   Shooting foul on Dwight Howard  
9:20   Dennis Schroder missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:20   OKC team rebound  
9:20 +1 Dennis Schroder made 2nd of 2 free throws 38-42
9:07   Kyle Kuzma missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:05   Defensive rebound by Darius Bazley  
8:55   Bad pass turnover on Dennis Schroder, stolen by Alex Caruso  
8:54   Out of bounds turnover on Alex Caruso  
8:54   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
8:54   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
8:44 +2 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made turnaround jump shot 38-44
8:37   Personal foul on Hamidou Diallo  
8:30 +3 Rajon Rondo made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Alex Caruso 41-44
8:10   Out of bounds turnover on Darius Bazley  
8:06   Kyle Kuzma missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:02   Defensive rebound by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander  
8:01   Violation  
7:44 +2 Hamidou Diallo made driving dunk, assist by Dennis Schroder 41-46
7:18   LeBron James missed fade-away jump shot  
7:18   LAL team rebound  
7:18   Personal foul on Mike Muscala  
7:04 +2 LeBron James made layup 43-46
6:50   Jumpball  
6:50   Lost ball turnover on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, stolen by Rajon Rondo  
6:34 +2 Kyle Kuzma made driving layup, assist by Rajon Rondo 45-46
6:20   Dennis Schroder missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:17   Offensive rebound by Mike Muscala  
6:16   Mike Muscala missed jump shot  
6:16   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
6:08   LeBron James missed jump shot  
6:05   Defensive rebound by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander  
6:01   Danilo Gallinari missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:58   Defensive rebound by Dwight Howard  
5:49   Rajon Rondo missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:47   Defensive rebound by Mike Muscala  
5:42   Danilo Gallinari missed driving layup, blocked by LeBron James  
5:42   OKC team rebound  
5:33   Offensive foul on Steven Adams  
5:33   Turnover on Steven Adams  
5:33   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
5:33 +1 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made free throw 46-46
5:20 +2 Dwight Howard made alley-oop shot, assist by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 48-46
5:02 +2 Steven Adams made hook shot, assist by Chris Paul 48-48
4:41   Anthony Davis missed jump shot  
4:39   Defensive rebound by Steven Adams  
4:35   Shai Gilgeous-Alexander missed floating jump shot  
4:33   Defensive rebound by Quinn Cook  
4:26   Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed jump shot  
4:26   OKC team rebound  
4:26   Full timeout called  
4:13   Shooting foul on Dwight Howard  
4:13 +1 Steven Adams made 1st of 2 free throws 48-49
4:13 +1 Steven Adams made 2nd of 2 free throws 48-50
4:03 +3 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Quinn Cook 51-50
3:44 +3 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Danilo Gallinari 51-53
3:28 +2 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made jump shot, assist by JaVale McGee 53-53
3:17   Chris Paul missed jump shot  
3:15   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
3:08   Shooting foul on Steven Adams  
3:08 +1 Anthony Davis made 1st of 2 free throws 54-53
3:08 +1 Anthony Davis made 2nd of 2 free throws 55-53
2:55 +3 Danilo Gallinari made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chris Paul 55-56
2:41 +2 JaVale McGee made dunk, assist by Anthony Davis 57-56
2:24 +2 Chris Paul made jump shot 57-58
2:20   Personal foul on Terrance Ferguson  
2:05   JaVale McGee missed alley-oop shot, blocked by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander  
2:01   Offensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
2:01   JaVale McGee missed dunk  
1:59   Defensive rebound by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander  
1:55   Terrance Ferguson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:55   OKC team rebound  
1:55   Personal foul on JaVale McGee  
1:48   Violation  
1:35   Jumpball  
1:33   Danilo Gallinari missed fade-away jump shot  
1:31   Defensive rebound by Danny Green  
1:25   LeBron James missed driving layup  
1:23   Defensive rebound by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander  
1:18 +2 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made finger-roll layup 57-60
1:12   Bad pass turnover on LeBron James, stolen by Chris Paul  
1:10   Personal foul on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope  
1:10 +1 Chris Paul made 1st of 2 free throws 57-61
1:10 +1 Chris Paul made 2nd of 2 free throws 57-62
1:02   JaVale McGee missed layup  
0:58   Offensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
0:58 +2 JaVale McGee made dunk 59-62
0:40   Shai Gilgeous-Alexander missed driving layup, blocked by JaVale McGee  
0:37   Defensive rebound by Danny Green  
0:35   Personal foul on Terrance Ferguson  
0:35 +1 LeBron James made 1st of 2 free throws 60-62
0:35   LeBron James missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
0:34   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
0:30 +3 Chris Paul made 3-pt. jump shot 60-65
0:10 +3 Anthony Davis made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by LeBron James 63-65
0:02   Shooting foul on Danny Green  
0:02 +1 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made 1st of 2 free throws 63-66
0:02 +1 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made 2nd of 2 free throws 63-67
0:00 +3 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by LeBron James 66-67
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:41 +2 Danilo Gallinari made fade-away jump shot, assist by Steven Adams 66-69
11:18 +3 Danny Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by LeBron James 69-69
11:08   Personal foul on Anthony Davis  
10:52   Steven Adams missed hook shot  
10:49   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
10:46 +3 Danny Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by LeBron James 72-69
10:37   Shai Gilgeous-Alexander missed driving layup, blocked by Danny Green  
10:37   LAL team rebound  
10:25 +3 Anthony Davis made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by LeBron James 75-69
10:25   Personal foul on Terrance Ferguson  
10:25 +1 Anthony Davis made free throw 76-69
10:09 +2 Steven Adams made dunk, assist by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 76-71
10:09   Shooting foul on JaVale McGee  
10:09 +1 Steven Adams made free throw 76-72
9:59 +2 Anthony Davis made driving dunk 78-72
9:38   Shai Gilgeous-Alexander missed jump shot  
9:38   Defensive rebound by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope  
9:31 +3 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by LeBron James 81-72
9:19 +2 Steven Adams made driving layup, assist by Chris Paul 81-74
9:19   Shooting foul on JaVale McGee  
9:19 +1 Steven Adams made free throw 81-75
9:05   Danny Green missed floating jump shot  
9:02   Defensive rebound by Terrance Ferguson  
8:42 +3 Terrance Ferguson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Steven Adams 81-78
8:24 +2 LeBron James made driving dunk 83-78
8:15   Personal foul on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope  
8:10   Personal foul on Danny Green  
8:10 +1 Chris Paul made 1st of 2 free throws 83-79
8:10   Chris Paul missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
8:08   Defensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
8:05 +2 Anthony Davis made alley-oop shot, assist by LeBron James 85-79
8:05   Shooting foul on Mike Muscala  
8:05 +1 Anthony Davis made free throw 86-79
7:50   Mike Muscala missed jump shot  
7:47   Offensive rebound by Chris Paul  
7:46   Danilo Gallinari missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:44   Defensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
7:40 +2 LeBron James made layup 88-79
7:40