NBA wrap: Lakers survive Lonzo Ball’s gaffe to beat Thunder in OT

The Lakers dropped the Thunder 138-128 in additional time Thursday, nevertheless Lonzo Ball did his most interesting to give Oklahoma City a chance.

Up 122-119 with decrease than 5 seconds to play, the Lakers wanted to foul and take the 3-point likelihood out of the Thunder’s fingers.

And Ball did foul — comparable to his teammates and coach have been telling him to do from the sideline. The disadvantage, nonetheless, was he managed to let time run off the clock and fouled Russell Westbrook in the act of capturing, which put him on the street with a chance to tie the game.

Westbrook did merely that by flattening all three images.

In fairness to Ball, Westbrook may not have really been in the act of capturing. He threw up a shot when Ball touched him and he appeared to be on the underside when doing so. But the referee generally known as the foul no matter LeBron James’ confusion on-line.

“So what truly is “in the shooting motion” rule?!?!?” James wrote on Twitter. “Asking for a friend @OfficialNBARefs”

It was an unfortunate, and honestly harmful play, from Ball, nevertheless the great issue was the second-year participant bought right here out and hit two 3-pointers to start additional time for the Lakers.

While he extended the workforce’s recreation, he made sure it might not go earlier one additional physique and the Lakers (25-21) have now gained two video video games in a row and 4 of their closing six. OKC is 26-18 and has misplaced 5 of its closing six.

Studs of the Night

Suns guard Devin Booker had 30 components, eight assists and two rebounds in a 111-109 loss to the Raptors.

Jimmy Butler had an particularly setting pleasant night in the 76ers’ 120-96 win over the Pacers. He scored 27 components on 10-of-17 capturing, went 6 of 6 from the free-throw line, added eight assists and 5 rebounds whereas tallying zero turnovers.

Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay had 25 components, seven rebounds and two assists in the Knicks 101-100 loss to the Wizards.

Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen scored 27 components on 10-of-18 capturing with 10 rebounds in Chicago’s 135-105 loss to the Nuggets.

Dud of the Night

It’s truly onerous to be minus-13 when you don’t put up a single shot, nevertheless Bismack Biyombo pulled it off in the Hornets’ 114-95 win over the Kings.


Pascal Siakam is not the first participant you will contemplate that will hit a game-winning buzzer-beater for the Raptors nevertheless that’s exactly what he did in their victory over the Suns.

What’s Next

Warriors (31-14) at Clippers (24-20) 10:30 p.m. ET — It’s DeMarcus Cousins’ Warriors debut. How might you not watch this recreation? The Warriors already set scoring info and 3-point info this week with out Cousins. Imagine them with him. Now, you wouldn’t have to give it some thought, because of he’s taking half in.

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