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After Tyler Ennis did not perform well in the starting lineup, head coach Luke Walton recently inserted Josh Hart as Brandon Ingram has taken over the point guard responsibilities. Jordan Clarkson came off the bench to score nearly as many points (18) as all of OKC's reserves combined (20).

All five starters scored in double figures for the Lakers, led by Brook Lopez, who scored 20 points to go with five rebounds and five assists.

The Lakers were up 98-92 before George protested being called for his foul on Ingram's driving hoop.

The Lakers subsequently inbounded to Randle, who almost traveled but was fouled and split two free throws with 17.9 seconds remaining. The Lakers suffered a 38-point humiliation at Staples Center on January 3, then two weeks later arrived in Oklahoma City only to get, in Luke Walton's words, "big boyed" in a 114-90 loss. The status of Lonzo's injured left knee remains in doubt, but after nabbing their sixth win in their last eight games without their rookie point guard, the Purple and Gold can feel confident about their ability to win shorthanded when they host the Phoenix Suns and Thunder at Staples Center this week. Hart had a team-high 11 rebounds to complete a double-double. F Kyle Kuzma, the team's leading scorer, finished with 2 points in 16 minutes.

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Adams was kept quiet for a second straight game, posting 12 points, collecting five steals and five rebounds.

Lopez, who travelled to New Zealand with Adams in 2013, exploited the big Kiwi's perimeter defence on Monday (NZ time), dropping four of nine attempts from three-point range on his way to his first 20-point performance since November.

Things don't get any easier for the Thunder in their next match, meeting ex-Thunder Star Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday (NZ time).

Los Angeles Lakers centre Brook Lopez is having his quietest season in the National Basketball Association.


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