Thunder thrash LA Lakers 105-86 in NBA

Thunder thrash LA Lakers 105-86 in NBA
Players of Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers during their NBA match at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
Orlando, Aug 6 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 8/6/2020 9:38:13 AM IST

Chris Paul scored 21 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 105-86 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando.

Paul added seven rebounds and six assists to continue his excellent form since the NBA’s restart. The veteran point guard is averaging 20.7 points in Oklahoma City’s three games in central Florida.

The Lakers had their worst offensive game of the season, with season lows in points and three-point percentage. Los Angeles were just 5-of-37 from behind the three-point arc, with the 13.5 per cent rate the Lakers’ worst since early in the 2017-18 season. Danilo Gallinari added 19 points and Steven Adams 18 for Oklahoma City, who once again was playing without back-up point guard Dennis Schroder. LeBron James led the Lakers with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Los Angeles didn’t find much offense outside of James, though. Anthony Davis, who had put up big numbers in the Lakers’ two wins over the last week, was in foul trouble for much of the game and finished 3-of-11 from the field for nine points.

Oklahoma City extended their lead to 20 late in the third quarter before the Lakers quickly trimmed the margin in half one minute into the fourth. 

But then the Lakers once again couldn’t get to the basket, settling for three-point attempts, and the Thunder scored nine consecutive points to extend their lead to a comfortable margin once again.

76ers 107 – 98 Wizards: Joel Embiid scored nine consecutive points in a 13-0 burst, and Philadelphia beat Washington.

Embiid finished with game-high totals of 30 points and 11 rebounds for the 76ers. Philadelphia coach Brett Brown told reporters postgame that he didn’t have an update to provide on the severity of Simmons’ injury.

Washington lost its fourth straight in the NBA “bubble” despite 19-point efforts from Thomas Bryant and Jerome Robinson.

Raptors 109 – 99 Magic: Fred VanVleet scored 21 points and added 10 assists as the Raptors won their seventh straight while completing a four-game season sweep of the Magic.

The Magic never led and trailed by as many as 24 points in the game. Pascal Siakam had 15 points for the Raptors, and Kyle Lowry contributed eight points and 10 assists.

Evan Fournier and Terrence Ross each had 15 points for Orlando, and Nikola Vucevic added 12 points and nine rebounds. Aaron Gordon had nine points and 11 rebounds before leaving in the third quarter due to left hamstring tightness.

Jazz 124 – 115 Grizzlies: Joe Ingles scored 25 points and Mike Conley added 23 points to lift Utah over Memphis.

Rudy Gobert added 21 points, 16 rebounds, and three blocks for Utah. Donovan Mitchell chipped in 18 points and seven rebounds. Ingles, Conley, and Mitchell combined for 18 assists.

Dillon Brooks scored 23 points and Jonas Valanciunas added 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead Memphis. Ja Morant added 20 points, nine assists, and six rebounds.

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