National Basketball Association wrap: Lakers survive Lonzo Ball's gaffe to beat Thunder in OT

National Basketball Association wrap: Lakers survive Lonzo Ball's gaffe to beat Thunder in OT

National Basketball Association wrap: Lakers survive Lonzo Ball's gaffe to beat Thunder in OT

The Thunder had a rather inconsistent first half Thursday night against the Los Angeles Lakers after they led by as many as 17 points but entered halftime trailing by four points.

With the Los Angeles Lakers leading 122-119 in the final seconds or regulation, Ball chose to foul one of the worst 3-point shooters in National Basketball Association history. During the waning seconds of regulation, Lonzo Ball was called for a shooting foul on Russell Westbrook. He threw up a shot when Ball touched him and he appeared to be on the ground when doing so.

While Ball had no business touching Westbrook because they were in a win-or-overtime situation, Lakers fans fumed about the decision to give Westbrook three free-throws.

The Lakers have upcoming games against three of the top teams in the Western Conference including the Warriors, Thunder, and Rockets.

With LeBron James out for the 12th consecutive game nursing a groin injury, the Lakers once again needed their young guys to step up and get the job done and it was Kyle Kuzma and Ivica Zubac who answered that call.

He should prepare for a fine from the league. He played just under nine minutes and scored five points, grabbed two rebounds and added two assists in the Lakers' 138-128 overtime win.

"He does a lot of that when we're not here", Walton said when asked about the running James has been doing during his recovery process.

"There is not a trigger to review whether or not there is a foul prior to or on the shot", Washington told the pool reporter. Without the 34-year-old superstar, the Lakers are 3-7. "But I had to wash it off".

After building a big early lead thanks to the 3-pointer, the Thunder faltered from behind the arc in overtime, going 2-for-11 on threes.

From that point forward, it was pretty much all Lakers.

Thunder: At the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday. Imagine them with him.

Rondo has missed the team's past 12 games after surgery to fix a Grade 3 sprain to his right ring finger, suffered during a win over Golden State on Christmas Day.

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