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NBA: Los Angeles Lakers embarrass themselves against OKC Thunder

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Bitter evening for the Los Angeles Lakers! Without LeBron James, the traditional franchise in Oklahoma City had a 123: 115 bankruptcy. The Thunder celebrate their first win of the season after a historic comeback, Los Angeles has to accept a disgrace after a crazy finish.

Oklahoma City Thunder (1-4) – Los Angeles Lakers (2-3) 123:115 (BOXSCORE)

Russell Westbrook received a frenetic reception on his return to his old place of work, but his departure was particularly bitter: A few seconds before the end he was kicked off the field by the referees, while the OKC party atmosphere broke out in the stands.

The fans were treated to a historic evening, and the Western Conference’s weakest team on paper set the record for the biggest comeback in franchise history. In the second quarter, the guests from Hollywood looked like the sure winner with a 26-point lead in their backs before the Thunder stormed back. According to ESPN Stats & Info this is also the highest given tour by the Lakers in the past 25 years.

“This is a game we definitely have to win,” said Anthony Davis. “There should be no doubt about it. But we learn from it and look ahead.” The Thunder, on the other hand, was in a good mood. “We knew it would happen at some point,” said Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of the first win of the season. “This group wants to learn and win.”

Russell Westbrook on expulsion: “The game was over”

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led his team with 27 points (5/11 threesomes, plus 9 rebounds and 5 assists), but delivered the entire starting five. Rookie Josh Giddey marked 18 points and 10 assists, Darius Bazley (20), Lu Dort (17) and Derrick Favors (15) also got double-digit points, just like Isaiah Roby (13) from the bench.

In the Lakers, who again had to do without LeBron James (ankle), Anthony Davis was still the best scorer with 30 points. In the fourth quarter, like most of his teammates, there wasn’t much to be seen of him, and Carmelo Anthony (13, 1/8 threesome) didn’t have a good day either.

Westbrook played the first triple-double in Purple and Gold (20 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists at 8/20 FG), but also lost 10 balls. His expulsion came 1.5 seconds before the end, because he got over a dunk at the last second from Bazleywho complained after a steal could have run the clock down.

“We’re old school here,” Westbrook said of the Bazley action. “In basketball there are some things that you just don’t do. Some things are just not athletic. The game had already been decided and I didn’t like it. It’s that simple.”

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