The Los Angeles Lakers couldn’t recover from a huge hole early against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Trailing by 19 points with just 11 minutes left in the first half, the team suffered their third-straight defeat and dropped to 17-48 for the year.
The Lakers were led in scoring by Brandon Ingram’s 21 points, but went to the second half trailing by 31.
The Thunder raced to a 14-0 run to start the game and led by a commanding 28-9 after one quarter.
Russell Westbrook and Paul George led all scorers with 24 points each. Westbrook recorded a triple-double with 15 rebounds and 11 assists, while George’s final 20-points came courtesy of a trio of three-pointers.
Los Angeles missed 18 of their first 19 three-point attempts of the game, giving an opening to Oklahoma City, which converted on 4 of 9.
The Thunder made 18 free throws to the Lakers’ 4.3, with some of those coming in the first quarter where the Lakers were called for a slew of three-point fouls, leading to six-point swings.
With guard Lonzo Ball (shoulder) a late scratch, it was not surprising to see both Ingram and Josh Hart left frustrated, with Kuzma repeatedly stating that the team simply did not come ready to play.
“We feel like we have a better chance by doing that,” Kuzma said of the aggressive tactic, according to ESPN. “I think us shooting free throws is the thing where I felt the energy didn’t start and we weren’t in the right frame of mind to play the game.”