Dennis Schroder scores 26 points, Lakers top Thunder 123-117
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Dennis Schroder scored 26 points and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 123-117 on Wednesday night.
Schroder went down holding his left ankle in the first quarter but stayed in the game. He turned out to be fine, making 8 of 18 shots and finishing with six assists to help the Lakers overcome their injury issues. LeBron James and Anthony Davis both were out with right foot injuries and D’Angelo Russell sat out because of a sprained right ankle.
Troy Brown Jr. scored a season-high 19 points and Austin Reaves added 19 for the Lakers. They have won four of five.
Jalen Williams scored 24 points, Josh Giddey had 22 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds and Lu Dort added 19 points for the Thunder. Oklahoma City is 0-5 since the All-Star break.
Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who averages 31 points per game, sat out due to health and safety protocols and an abdominal strain.
The Thunder led 60-57 at halftime behind 12 points each from Dort and Giddey.
The Lakers opened the second half on a 10-2 run to take a 67-62 lead. They took a 90-84 edge into the fourth, then took a 13-point lead in the final period before holding on.
TIP-INS Lakers: Reaves, who finished his college career at the University of Oklahoma, made 5 of 5 field goals, his only 3-point try and 8 of 9 free throws. He didn't miss any shots until he missed a free throw in the final minute. ... F Wenyen Gabriel had 10 rebounds in 22 minutes.
Thunder: Made 11 of 14 shots inside the 3-point line in the second quarter, helping Oklahoma City outscore the Lakers 30-26 in the period. ... F/C Dario Saric scored 13 points in 15 minutes. ... F Jaylin Williams had 12 rebounds.
Lakers: Host the Minnesota on Friday night.
Thunder: Host Utah on Friday night.
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