Lakers trounce short-handed Thunder

While Anthony sprained his right ankle in the first quarter of Tuesday's game in Oakland, Westbrook was listed as questionable for the game after a practice session on Wednesday at the Staples Center.

Oklahoma City played without All-Star guard Russell Westbrook and forward Carmelo Anthony, with both players sidelined due to ankle injuries. The Lakers were led by a balanced attack that saw Kentavious Caldwell-Pope score 20 points, Brandon Ingram score 19 and three other score in double-figures. According to oddsmakers from online sports book YouWager, the Thunder is 3-point road favorites to beat the Lakers, who opened as 3-point home underdogs.

"We have a core of guys that if we all stick together and grow can be really special", Kuzma said.

The Lakers were also short-handed, after a trade with Cleveland sent Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance, the Cavaliers, that will eventually bring Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye, plus the Cavs first round pick in 2018 to the Lakers.

Paul George had the Thunder rolling in the first eight minutes on Thursday night, ripping off 12 points on 5-for-5 shooting to start the game.

"I don't know if whether I'm going to LA, or what I'm going to do this offseason", George adds. He had 22 points at the break, making 8 of 14 shots from the field and 4 of 6 from the 3-point line, while the rest of the Oklahoma City lineup shot 27 percent (10 of 37). "I don't want to get ahead of myself there", Donovan said. The starters, including George (29 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists) and Steven Adams (13 points, 9 rebounds) along with Josh Huestis, Patrick Patterson and Felton helped pull the Thunder back within six at halftime, but the Lakers ran away in the third quarter. Ingram handled point guard duties with rookie Lonzo Ball sitting out his 11th straight game with knee soreness.

Who Public Bettors Like: Oklahoma City. "I'm happy with playing with Russ, happy with playing with Melo, and this organization".

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