Without Russ and Melo, Thunder Lose at Lakers

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 20 points, and the balanced Lakers defeated the short-handed Oklahoma City Thunder 106-81 on Thursday night. Los Angeles is 12-4 in its last 16 games, including eight in a row at home.

"We call him Charles Barkley", Randle said.

"I don't know if whether I'm going to LA, or what I'm going to do this offseason", George adds.

After a slow start, Walton got his answer.

The Thunder are playing the Lakers for the second time in five days.

"I didn't know how long it would take, but the energy before the game was already much better".

They dropped the first meeting 108-104 in Oklahoma City on Sunday.

Anthony has averaged 28.8 FanDuel points per game this season.

George started strong with 12 points in the opening 6:52, hitting his first five shots including three 3-pointers.

Oklahoma City would trail the rest of the way and fell behind by as many as 27 points.

"That's what we're trying to do", Donovan said. "We just didn't make enough shots at the end of the day to make it competitive".

Westbrook appears to have suffered the injury during Tuesday's emphatic win over the Warriors despite posting 34 points, nine rebounds and nine assists during that contest. The starters, including George (29 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists) and Steven Adams (13 points, 9 rebounds) along with Josh Huestis, Patrick Patterson and Felton helped pull the Thunder back within six at halftime, but the Lakers ran away in the third quarter. Kyle Kuzma scored 16 points off the bench. Ingram handled point guard duties with rookie Lonzo Ball sitting out his 11th straight game with knee soreness.

That George won't be traded isn't a surprise, but it's noteworthy that Oklahoma City isn't realistically entertaining offers.

"At the end of the season, it's still on my decision on what I need to do for my family", the All-Star forward told Amick. Walton hadn't even spoken to Thomas, as the two traded voicemails in an attempt to reach one another. "I'm happy with playing with Russ, happy with playing with Melo, and this organization".