Kuzma scores 32 as Lakers top Thunder in OT without LeBron

Darrell

Darrell

The LeBron-less Los Angeles Lakers shocked the OKC Thunder with their overtime win on Thursday night.

So, James is basically walking through shooting drills.

The past 11 games have shown just how flawed the Lakers are without LeBron in the lineup. He was cleared to ramp up his basketball activities last week and he's barely moved beyond that in that same amount of time.

With LeBron James expected to miss at least one more game with a groin strain, these experiences could bode well for the Lakers long-term.

The Lakers have struggled in James' absence and are now 3-8 in their last 11 games, but coach Luke Walton will be glad his team ended their two-game losing streak by recording a 107-100 win over the Chicago Bulls - a game they were expected to win.

"They got a good team, they're going to win a lot of games but when you're playing against a bad team, you're up 17 at home, you have to put your foot on their neck", Barkley said.

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Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen scored 27 points on 10-of-18 shooting with 10 rebounds in Chicago's 135-105 loss to the Denver Nuggets.

"The trigger would be whether or not it is a three-point shot or not. Told my teammates I got them for the next five minutes, and I feel like I did pretty good". Kuzma missed a 3 at the buzzer, and the game went to overtime.

In 14 games this season, Rondo is averaging 8.4 points, 6.7 assists and 4.4 rebounds. He did shoot two free throws in the fourth, but did not attempt a field goal from the 58 second mark in the third until the first possession of overtime.

After this game, they will have three straight contests against current playoff teams and two of them will be on the road against the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets.

Lakers coach Luke Walton said he was "encouraged" by what he has seen from James on the court but was quick to add that James "didn't do the up-and-down stuff" with the rest of the team.

I don't think he's going to play against the Warriors, folks.

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