Lakers outlast Thunder in OT anew

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    TAKING CHARGE: Lakers star LeBron James sizes up the defense of Thunder forward Luguentz Dort in the extra period. REUTERS PHOTO

    LEBRON James had 25 points, seven assists and six rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers won their sixth consecutive game, holding off the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder 114-113 in overtime on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila).

    Montrezl Harrell scored 20 points, Dennis Schroder contributed 19 and Kyle Kuzma added 15 for the Lakers, who played without Anthony Davis (Achilles) and Alex Caruso (hand) for the second game in a row.

    Al Horford had 25 points, eight assists and eight rebounds for Oklahoma City. The Thunder’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (knee), who leads the team in scoring and assists, missed the contest, as did Isaiah Roby (foot, third straight game) and Theo Maledon (health and safety protocols, second in a row).

    Kenrich Williams scored 24 points, Luguentz Dort had 17 and Hamidou Diallo collected 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Thunder, who have lost three of their last four.

    It was the third straight overtime contest for the Lakers, the last two against the Thunder.

    In other games, it was the Suns 125, Bucks124; Bulls 129, Pelicans 116; Mavericks 118, Hawks 117; Raptors 137, Wizards 115; Nets 104, Pacers 94; Clippers 119, Wolves 112; Nuggets 133, Cavs 95; and Grizzlies 130, Hornets 114.

    Suns 125, Bucks 124

    Devin Booker made the decisive free throw with 32.6 seconds left to cap a 30-point performance as the Phoenix Suns nipped the visiting Milwaukee Bucks.

    Chris Paul added 28 points and seven assists as Phoenix earned its fourth straight win and its seventh in the past eight games.

    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a season-best 47 points but missed a 20-foot jumper as time expired, ending Milwaukee’s season-best, five-game winning streak.

    Antetokounmpo also had 11 rebounds and five assists. He made 15 of 23 field-goal attempts and knocked down 17 of 21 from the free-throw line as the Bucks dropped to 3-1 on a six-game road trip.

    Bulls 129, Pelicans 116

    Zach LaVine scored a game-high 46 points, Coby White scored 30 and Chicago set a franchise record with 25 3-pointers in a win over visiting New Orleans.

    LaVine and White became the first teammates in league history to make at least eight 3-pointers during the same game. LaVine shot 17-for-25 overall and 9-for-14 from 3-point range while White shot 10-for-20 overall and 8-for-17 from beyond the arc.

    Zion Williamson scored 29 points to lead the Pelicans. Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball had 21 points apiece for New Orleans, which saw its four-game winning streak end. – Field Level Media