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FSM Recap: Lakers vs Thunder – Game 41 – 2023

Los Angeles Lakers (20-21) | Oklahoma City Thunder (27-12)


On MLK Day at Arena, it was the Lakers vs Thunder. Led by Anthony Davis and LeBron James, the Lakers snapped out of their losing skid with a 112-105 win over the Thunder.


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The Lakers had another impressive win against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday, 112-105.

The last time the Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder met, the Lakers had arguably their best performance of the season as they dominated OKC on the road. On Monday, the Lakers were hoping for a repeat performance and one that jump-starts a winning streak L.A. is sorely in need of.

In the last game the two played against each other, LeBron James dropped a 40 burger while knocking down all five of his 3-point attempts. Expecting that from him again on Monday wouldn’t be realistic, but the Lakers needed him again to control the game as only he can. James missed the team’s last game with an ankle injury but is back in the lineup for this one.

On Monday, the Lakers were led by James and Anthony Davis as they led the way with a balanced attack, with James scoring 25 points with seven rebounds and six assists, and Davis had 27 points, 15 rebounds, five assists, two steals, and a block.

D’Angelo Russell stepped up again in the starting lineup with 14 points and seven assists, while Austin Reaves chipped in 15 points and seven assists as well.


Lakers vs Thunder First Quarter:


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Oklahoma City got off to a hot start with back-to-back 3-pointers before Anthony Davis and LeBron James got the Lakers on the board with midrange shots.

Despite some quality defense by the Lakers early on, though, the Thunder continued to hit deep shots until D’Angelo Russell scored four straight to tie the game at 19.

The Thunder took a timeout, although that did stop the Laker run as Davis had four buckets in a row, and then Rui Hachimura had a big block on the other end. However, Oklahoma City closed the quarter strong, reducing the deficit to just one at 27-26.


Lakers vs Thunder 2nd Quarter:


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James began the second quarter with an absolute dime to Christian Wood for a dunk. After getting in foul trouble, Chet Holmgren returned in the second quarter and had a big dunk of his own.

Rebounding was an issue for the Lakers as the Thunder regained the lead with a few second-chance opportunities. The Lakers were stringing together defensive stops but pairing them with empty offensive possessions.

Russell continued his hot start to the night with back-to-back triples, although he couldn’t make a third at the buzzer, and the Lakers and OKC went into the halftime locker room tied at 50.


Lakers vs Thunder 3rd Quarter:


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James had back-to-back buckets to begin the third quarter, and he started to get going after a pretty quiet first half by his standards. The Thunder also got going offensively from there, opening up a six-point lead on the Lakers.

From there, though, the Lakers scored seven straight, including a 3-pointer by Austin Reaves and back-to-back layups by Davis to take the lead right back.

The Lakers finally started to somewhat take control from there as James hit a triple, and then Davis had two monster dunks, extending the lead to 84-76 at the end of three.


Lakers vs Thunder 4th Quarter:


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The Lakers kept that momentum rolling with a Christian Wood fastbreak dunk to lead 91-82 and force an OKC timeout less than three minutes into the fourth.

The Thunder made a brief run to cut an 11-point lead down to five points with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander on the bench, but the Lakers steadied the ship to keep it at a two-possession game and extended the lead back to 99-91 with another fastbreak basket.

The lead reached its biggest at 13 points after a Hachimura 3-pointer and James layup to put the hosts ahead 104-91. However, just as it looked like the Lakers could cruise to a win, the Thunder would get within six late, but Davis put down another huge dunk to close out the 112-105 win for the Lakers.


The Los Angeles Lakers will be home as they take on the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, January 17th, at 5:30 pm PST. Thank you for visiting for your Las Vegas Sports news.



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