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Kuzma scores 32 as Lakers top Thunder in OT without LeBron

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The young Los Angeles Lakers matured on Thursday night.

With four-time MVP LeBron James still sidelined by a left groin strain, Kyle Kuzma scored 32 points to help the Lakers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 138-128 in overtime.

James missed his 12th straight game, yet against a veteran team loaded with All-Star talent, the Lakers rolled to a 16-6 advantage in the extra period.

''That was a really nice, big win for our group,'' Lakers coach Luke Walton said. ''We got contributions from everybody. This is a really hard place to win at. It's a playoff team. For our guys to keep coming in and different people making plays - it's how we have to compete.''

Ivica Zubac scored a career-high 26 points and Lonzo Ball added 18 points and 10 assists for the Lakers, who improved to 5-7 without their injured star.

Paul George scored 27 points and Terrance Ferguson added 21 for Oklahoma City. Russell Westbrook had 26 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds but shot just 7 of 30.

The Thunder lost despite making a franchise-record 21 3-pointers and leading by 17 in the first half. They have dropped five of six.

Westbrook missed two layups in the final minute but was fouled by Ball on a 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds remaining and the Lakers up 122-119. Westbrook, a 64 percent free throw shooter, made all three foul shots to tie the score. Kuzma missed a 3 at the buzzer, and the game went to overtime.

NBA crew chief Tom Washington acknowledged that Westbrook should never have been awarded free throws.

''Upon being able to see the review of the play, we realized that the illegal contact happened prior to his upward motion, so it should have been a side-out,'' Washington said.

Ball took responsibility for the situation.

''It's my fault that he hit the free throws,'' he said. ''Maybe I should have fouled him earlier. But I had to wash it off.''

Ball bounced back with five points, two rebounds and an assist in overtime. Walton was impressed with his second-year point guard's overall effort, especially late in the game.

''For him to do that against Westbrook - I'm sure a player he watched growing up as one of the great point guards in our league - not only to score those points, but a couple of big assists to Zu coming down the lane, a big-time rebound. He can do a little bit of everything,'' Walton said.

TIP-INS

Lakers: G Rajon Rondo missed his 11th straight game since having surgery on his ring finger. ... F Michael Beasley tried to check into the game in the first quarter while wearing practice shorts. ... The Lakers made their first 11 free throws. ... F Brandon Ingram had a career-high 11 assists.

Thunder: Backup center Nerlens Noel returned after sitting out three games while in concussion protocol. ... G Alex Abrines has missed the past eight games for personal reasons. ... Ferguson shot 5 of 6 on 3-pointers in the first half. ... G Raymond Felton was called for a technical foul in overtime while on the bench.

STAT LINES

The Thunder attempted a franchise-record 54 3-pointers, shattering the previous mark of 44 set last season against Denver.

FADING DEFENSE

The Thunder, among the best defensive teams in the league during the first half of the season, have allowed an average of 130.2 points in their past six games.

''Just slight lack of awareness,'' Noel said. ''Things like backdoors, small things. I think we just have to do a better job of guarding the ball 1-on-1.''

HE SAID IT

Walton on Zubac's performance: ''He was big around the rim and he has a really nice, soft touch down there. Some of it is his teammates looking for him. But when he gets that ball around the rim, he's pretty good at finishing. But where he's really grown is at becoming more physical.''

UP NEXT

Lakers: At the Houston Rockets on Saturday.

Thunder: At the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.

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Key Players
K. Kuzma
0 PF
R. Westbrook
0 PG
35.3 Min. Per Game 35.3
21.7 Pts. Per Game 21.7
10.6 Ast. Per Game 10.6
10.7 Reb. Per Game 10.7
46.5 Field Goal % 41.5
46.5 Three Point % 42.3
75.9 Free Throw % 64.5
  Defensive rebound by Brandon Ingram 0:06
  OKC team rebound 0:11
  Terrance Ferguson missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Brandon Ingram 0:11
+ 1 Brandon Ingram made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:15
+ 1 Brandon Ingram made 1st of 2 free throws 0:15
  Personal foul on Steven Adams 0:15
+ 1 Kyle Kuzma made free throw 0:17
  Personal foul on Russell Westbrook 0:22
  Paul George missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:26
+ 2 Brandon Ingram made dunk, assist by Ivica Zubac 0:32
+ 3 Jerami Grant made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Russell Westbrook 0:53
Team Stats
Points 138 128
Field Goals 50-99 (50.5%) 41-104 (39.4%)
3-Pointers 19-40 (47.5%) 22-54 (40.7%)
Free Throws 19-21 (90.5%) 24-36 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 72 54
Offensive 14 15
Defensive 49 29
Team 9 10
Assists 37 31
Steals 11 10
Blocks 6 4
Turnovers 23 15
Fouls 24 22
Technicals 2 1
32 PTS, 8 REB, 4 AST
26 PTS, 9 REB, 13 AST
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away team logo Lakers 25-21 2740282716138
home team logo Thunder 26-18 392433266128
Team Stats
away team logo Lakers 25-21 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Thunder 26-18 105.2 PPG 43.2 RPG 22.6 APG
Key Players
K. Kuzma PF 18.7 PPG 5.5 RPG 2.5 APG 45.6 FG%
P. George SF PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
K. Kuzma PF 32 PTS 8 REB 4 AST
P. George SF 27 PTS 7 REB 8 AST
50.5 FG% 39.4
47.5 3PT FG% 40.7
90.5 FT% 66.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Kuzma 32 8 4 11/20 7/12 3/3 4 36 3 0 4 1 7 -4 47
L. Ball 18 6 10 7/17 4/10 0/0 5 33 1 0 4 0 6 -12 41
K. Caldwell-Pope 13 2 1 5/7 3/4 0/0 0 23 2 0 2 0 2 -13 17
B. Ingram 8 5 11 1/9 0/2 6/6 1 37 0 1 4 1 4 -9 32
T. Chandler 6 7 0 3/6 0/0 0/0 1 16 0 2 1 3 4 -13 14
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Kuzma 32 8 4 11/20 7/12 3/3 4 36 3 0 4 1 7 -4 47
L. Ball 18 6 10 7/17 4/10 0/0 5 33 1 0 4 0 6 -12 41
K. Caldwell-Pope 13 2 1 5/7 3/4 0/0 0 23 2 0 2 0 2 -13 17
B. Ingram 8 5 11 1/9 0/2 6/6 1 37 0 1 4 1 4 -9 32
T. Chandler 6 7 0 3/6 0/0 0/0 1 16 0 2 1 3 4 -13 14
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
I. Zubac 26 12 1 12/14 0/0 2/3 3 28 0 0 4 6 6 +35 36
J. Hart 12 10 5 3/6 2/4 4/5 2 33 3 1 1 1 9 +23 35
S. Mykhailiuk 7 4 1 2/7 2/6 1/1 3 18 0 0 0 1 3 +14 13
M. Beasley 5 2 2 2/6 0/1 1/1 1 8 1 0 2 0 2 +6 10
M. Wagner 5 2 0 1/3 1/1 2/2 1 7 0 1 0 0 2 +11 8
J. McGee 4 2 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 1 8 0 1 0 1 1 -9 7
L. Stephenson 2 3 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 2 13 1 0 1 0 3 +21 9
R. Rondo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Caruso - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Bonga - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. James - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 138 63 37 50/99 19/40 19/21 24 260 11 6 23 14 49 +50 269
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
P. George 27 7 8 9/19 5/12 4/6 2 43 3 0 3 2 5 +4 50
R. Westbrook 26 9 13 7/30 5/12 7/10 5 43 1 1 3 2 7 +5 60
T. Ferguson 21 3 2 6/13 6/12 3/5 4 37 1 0 2 1 2 0 27
S. Adams 17 15 1 6/9 0/0 5/6 3 41 4 0 2 7 8 +10 36
J. Grant 14 3 2 5/13 2/6 2/2 3 38 0 3 1 1 2 -2 23
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
P. George 27 7 8 9/19 5/12 4/6 2 43 3 0 3 2 5 +4 50
R. Westbrook 26 9 13 7/30 5/12 7/10 5 43 1 1 3 2 7 +5 60
T. Ferguson 21 3 2 6/13 6/12 3/5 4 37 1 0 2 1 2 0 27
S. Adams 17 15 1 6/9 0/0 5/6 3 41 4 0 2 7 8 +10 36
J. Grant 14 3 2 5/13 2/6 2/2 3 38 0 3 1 1 2 -2 23
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
P. Patterson 9 0 1 3/4 3/4 0/1 2 9 0 0 0 0 0 -11 11
D. Schroder 9 1 2 3/7 1/5 2/2 1 16 0 0 3 0 1 -12 11
N. Noel 4 2 1 2/3 0/0 0/0 2 11 1 0 1 1 1 -20 8
A. Nader 1 1 0 0/3 0/2 1/2 0 11 0 0 0 0 1 -10 2
H. Diallo 0 3 1 0/3 0/1 0/2 0 11 0 0 0 1 2 -14 5
A. Abrines - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Roberson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Burton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Grantham - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Luwawu-Cabarrot - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Felton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 128 44 31 41/104 22/54 24/36 22 260 10 4 15 15 29 -50 233