Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony out against Lakers

Despite this being the first campaign he's spending with them, he has shown that he can co-exist with Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony and the rest of his teammates, which leads to many wondering if that's enough reason for George to re-sign with the Thunder in the summer once he becomes a free agent. The Lakers were also shorthanded via the trade of guard Jordan Clarkson and forward Larry Nance the Cleveland Cavaliers for guard Isaiah Thomas and forward Channing Frye prior to Thursday's trading deadline.

After knocking off the Thunder 108-104 in Oklahoma City on Sunday, the Lakers breezed to a lead as large as 27 points in the fourth quarter.

"We know it's part of the business", Ingram said in a postgame interview on TNT. "We know it's the business of basketball and I pray for the best on their journeys".

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 20 points and Brandon Ingram added 19 as the Los Angeles Lakers rolled to a 106-81 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The Oklahoma City forward is averaging 22 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.23 steals per game.

OKC got off to quick start behind Paul George, who had 29 points and hit five 3-pointers. Against Dallas on November 13 when Anthony sat with a sore back, Donovan started Jerami Grant at power forward.

"That's what we're trying to do", Donovan said. Ingram handled point guard duties with rookie Lonzo Ball sitting out his 11th straight game with knee soreness. Jerami Grant and Alex Abrines each scored eight points. At the end of the season, it's still on my decision on what I need to do for my family.

Oklahoma City will be out to avenge the last loss and should be very confident off the big win over the Warriors. I'm happy with playing with Russ, happy with playing with Melo, and this organisation.

Lakers: Open a three-game trip at the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday.

  • Angelo Rivera