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Lopez scores 20, Lakers top Thunder 108-104

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma City Thunder appeared to be on their way to their lofty preseason expectations during an eight-game win streak.

Then they hit another rough patch.

Oklahoma City dropped its fourth straight game Sunday when Brook Lopez scored 20 points and Julius Randle added 19, leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a 108-104 victory.

Thunder guard Russell Westbrook said the team won't panic.

''Me personally, I love adversity,'' he said. ''It gives you an opportunity to bring your teammates together and bring everybody together. Looking forward to positive things. Throughout this season there is going to be a lot of ups and downs, but we never flinch. That's one thing about this organization and about our team - we never flinch. We are always going to stay together.''

Westbrook scored 36 points and Paul George had 26, but Oklahoma City struggled on defense again. The Thunder have dropped four of five since losing defensive stopper Andre Roberson to a season-ending left patellar tendon injury.

Of particular concern, the Lakers made 13 3-pointers.

''That's where Andre Roberson is great, maybe the best I've ever seen, of being able to close down on top of shooters and get them to bounce it and then also guard it,'' Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. ''But we've got to be able to do a better job.''

Jordan Clarkson scored 18 points and Brandon Ingram added 16 for the Lakers, who have won six of eight.

The Lakers had lost 11 straight in Oklahoma City.

''I was most proud of the way that we engaged ourselves in the fight this time,'' Lakers coach Luke Walton said. ''Again, we went off to a good start where we were competing back and forth and this time, we sustained it for much longer.''

The Lakers carried 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 Los Angeles a 10-point lead.

A 3-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 3-pointer, and the Lakers pulled down the rebound to escape.

''Don't give into the fact this is a long road trip and we are playing against a really good team,'' Walton said. ''Enjoy it. Enjoy the challenge. Our guys did a really good job of sticking together and really fighting that one out.''

TIP-INS

Lakers: G Lonzo Ball missed his 10th straight game with a sore left knee. ... Walton was called for a technical foul late in the first quarter. ... Lopez made 4 of 9 3-pointers. ... Hart had 14 points and 11 rebounds. ... F Kyle Kuzma, the team's leading scorer, finished with two points in 16 minutes.

Thunder: F Carmelo 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 3-pointers.

STAT LINES

Oklahoma City outrebounded the Lakers 28-13 in the second half and still couldn't make up ground. That's because the Thunder allowed the Lakers to shoot 55 percent in the second half, including 50 percent from 3-point range.

QUOTABLE

''We are at a little rough patch right now,'' Anthony said. ''We will be fine. It's not something to start overacting about and start pointing fingers and trying to figure out exactly what is going on. We know what's going on. We are the only ones who are going to be able to fix it.''

UP NEXT

Lakers: Host Phoenix on Tuesday.

Thunder: Play at Golden State on Tuesday.

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Key Players
K. Kuzma
0 PF
R. Westbrook
0 PG
36.0 Min. Per Game 36.0
25.2 Pts. Per Game 25.2
10.3 Ast. Per Game 10.3
9.4 Reb. Per Game 9.4
45.5 Field Goal % 44.4
45.5 Three Point % 43.9
70.1 Free Throw % 71.2
  Full timeout called 0:05
  Defensive rebound by Josh Hart 0:05
  Russell Westbrook missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:09
  Defensive rebound by Carmelo Anthony 0:16
  Julius Randle missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:17
+ 1 Julius Randle made 1st of 2 free throws 0:17
  Personal foul on Paul George 0:17
  Out of bounds turnover on Jordan Clarkson 0:21
+ 3 Paul George made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Alex Abrines 0:24
  Defensive rebound by Paul George 0:26
  Brandon Ingram missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:26
Team Stats
Points 108 104
Field Goals 42-86 (48.8%) 40-89 (44.9%)
3-Pointers 13-30 (43.3%) 7-25 (28.0%)
Free Throws 11-18 (61.1%) 17-25 (68.0%)
Total Rebounds 49 59
Offensive 8 13
Defensive 32 33
Team 9 13
Assists 24 17
Steals 6 13
Blocks 7 6
Turnovers 19 17
Fouls 20 18
Technicals 2 4
20 PTS, 5 REB, 5 AST
36 PTS, 5 REB, 9 AST
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away team logo Lakers 21-31 25263126108
home team logo Thunder 30-24 22273025104
Team Stats
away team logo Lakers 21-31 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Thunder 30-24 101.2 PPG 44 RPG 16.3 APG
Key Players
B. Lopez C PPG RPG APG FG%
R. Westbrook PG 25.4 PPG 10.1 RPG 10.3 APG 44.9 FG%
Top Scorers
B. Lopez C 20 PTS 5 REB 5 AST
R. Westbrook PG 36 PTS 5 REB 9 AST
48.8 FG% 44.9
43.3 3PT FG% 28.0
61.1 FT% 68.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Lopez 34 20 5 5 0 1 2 4 8/18 4/9 0/0 0 5 34 +11
J. Randle 33 19 6 4 1 1 4 3 7/15 1/2 4/8 1 5 31 +7
B. Ingram 35 16 5 5 0 2 3 3 7/13 1/3 1/3 0 5 30 +5
J. Hart 39 14 11 2 2 0 2 1 5/6 2/3 2/2 1 10 29 +7
K. Caldwell-Pope 29 13 5 3 1 0 1 2 5/11 1/4 2/3 2 3 24 +10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Lopez 34 20 5 5 0 1 2 4 8/18 4/9 0/0 0 5 34 +11
J. Randle 33 19 6 4 1 1 4 3 7/15 1/2 4/8 1 5 31 +7
B. Ingram 35 16 5 5 0 2 3 3 7/13 1/3 1/3 0 5 30 +5
J. Hart 39 14 11 2 2 0 2 1 5/6 2/3 2/2 1 10 29 +7
K. Caldwell-Pope 29 13 5 3 1 0 1 2 5/11 1/4 2/3 2 3 24 +10
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Clarkson 23 18 2 2 2 0 3 2 6/12 4/7 2/2 1 1 23 -4
C. Brewer 8 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 2/4 0/1 0/0 0 0 4 -3
L. Nance Jr. 11 2 3 0 0 1 2 3 1/2 0/0 0/0 2 1 4 -3
K. Kuzma 15 2 3 0 0 1 0 1 1/4 0/1 0/0 1 2 6 -7
A. Caruso 8 0 0 3 0 1 2 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 5 -3
T. Ennis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bryant - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Zubac - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Payton II - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Ball - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Deng - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 108 40 24 6 7 19 20 42/86 13/30 11/18 8 32 190 +20
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Westbrook 39 36 5 9 1 0 7 1 15/25 0/4 6/8 1 4 53 -10
P. George 39 26 7 3 2 0 4 5 10/19 3/6 3/4 2 5 37 +3
S. Adams 37 12 5 0 5 1 1 3 5/8 0/0 2/2 2 3 22 -4
C. Anthony 33 10 13 0 0 3 0 2 3/13 1/4 3/3 1 12 26 -6
T. Ferguson 11 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 -10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Westbrook 39 36 5 9 1 0 7 1 15/25 0/4 6/8 1 4 53 -10
P. George 39 26 7 3 2 0 4 5 10/19 3/6 3/4 2 5 37 +3
S. Adams 37 12 5 0 5 1 1 3 5/8 0/0 2/2 2 3 22 -4
C. Anthony 33 10 13 0 0 3 0 2 3/13 1/4 3/3 1 12 26 -6
T. Ferguson 11 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 -10
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Grant 17 9 10 0 1 0 1 1 3/6 0/0 3/6 3 7 19 -7
R. Felton 13 5 2 2 2 0 1 0 2/6 1/2 0/0 2 0 12 +2
P. Patterson 12 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1/3 1/2 0/0 0 0 5 +4
A. Abrines 26 3 1 2 1 1 1 4 1/4 1/4 0/0 0 1 9 +15
J. Huestis 8 0 3 0 0 1 1 0 0/4 0/2 0/2 2 1 3 -7
K. Singler - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Roberson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Dozier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hamilton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Collison - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 104 46 17 13 6 17 18 40/89 7/25 17/25 13 33 186 -20