Lakers outgun Thunder in OT without LeBron James

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As a team, the Lakers shot 46 percent from the field and eight of 26 from the 3-point line but they actually trailed for most of the game until they took control of the game in the third quarter where they outscored the Bulls by 32-25.

Los Angeles ended up winning the game in overtime, 138-128. Day matchup against the Golden State Warriors.

LeBron James wasn't available in that game and is expected to miss the team's next two games, so it'll be the same players lining up again in this one. James has been progressing in his rehab, participating in half-court shooting and passing drills at the Lakers' practice facility this week. 24-21 on the season and in a tie with the Utah Jazz for the No. 8 spot in the West.

In the end, though, the Lakers prevailed on the backs of Kyle Kuzma's and Lonzo Ball's stellar play down the stretch. "Super tough. Top-five teams in the league if you were to look at it from a year ago and even how they're playing right now".

Beasley, 30, eventually entered the game. Despite being down 12 after the first quarter, the Lakers came back with a great showing in the second quarter to erase the lead. Kuzma missed a 3 at the buzzer, and the game went to overtime.

Thunder: Backup center Nerlens Noel returned after sitting out four games while in concussion protocol. "Obviously. Especially playing in the West, everything is so close. Especially in the West".

Steven Adams delivered another productive showing, but the Oklahoma City Thunder can't shake their recent losing struggles.

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