Led by LeBron James’ 25 points, seven assists and six rebounds, the Los Angeles Lakers won their sixth consecutive game at the expense of the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder 114-113 in overtime on Wednesday.
Playing for the second game in a row without Anthony Davis due to an Achilles tendonosis and Alex Caruso who had a hand injury, Montrezl Harrell, Dennis Schroder, and Kyle Kuzma combined for 54 points for the Lakers.
OKC’s Al Horford netted 25 points, eight assists and eight rebounds, while Kenrich Williams, Luguentz Dort, and Hamidou Diallo chipped in 24, 17, and 15 points respectively, with Diallo collecting 13 rebounds for the Thunder.
Similarly, on February 10 (Manila time), the LA Lakers defeated the currently 10-14 OKC Thunder via overtime.
After leading by five with just two minutes left to play, the Oklahoma City Thunder were undone by James and the Lakers’ veteran experience.
James finished with 28 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists, outdueling Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s 29 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds.
Meanwhile, the defending champions avenged their loss to an undermanned Detroit Pistons in a 135-129 double-overtime victory on February 7 (Manila time).
James scored eight of his 33 points in the second overtime, while Davis added 30 points. Schroder, on the other hand, had 22 points and eight assists in LA’s fourth consecutive victory since that 107-92 loss to the Pistons nine days ago.
The Lakers committed a season-high 23 turnovers, blew a 17-point lead and wasted several chances to win in regulation. But with James’ brilliance in the second overtime, the Lakers prevented a sweep by the 5-18 Pistons, who were playing without Derrick Rose and Blake Griffin.
Relive the best moments from the Los Angeles Lakers over their last three OT wins! Watch it below: