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  • The Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram #14 scores previous Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder’s Steven Adams #12 in the course of the first half of their NBA recreation at Staples Middle in Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder’s Russell Westbrook #zero appears to move underneath strain from the Los Angeles Lakers protection in the course of the first half of their NBA recreation at Staples Middle in Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder’s Russell Westbrook #zero is held again by coaches as teammates through the first half of their NBA recreation towards the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Middle in Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Lakers’ Tyson Chandler #5 scores previous Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder’s Dennis Schroder #17, left, and Steven Adams #12 in the course of the first half of their NBA recreation at Staples Middle in Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder’s Paul George #13 high-fives teammates guard Russell Westbrook #zero as Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 head to the bench through the first half of their NBA recreation at Staples Middle in Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder’s Paul George #13 says hey to the Los Angeles Lakers’ Lebron James in the course of the first half of their NBA recreation at Staples Middle in Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Thunder’s Paul George glides previous Lakers middle Ivica Zubac on his solution to the basket for 2 of his game-high 37 points through the second half of Wednesday’s recreation at Staples Middle. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Lakers guard Lance Stephenson #6 says hey to his pal Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder ahead Paul George #13 after the Thunder’s 107-100 victory over the Lakers at Staples Middle in Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Lakers ahead Brandon Ingram #14 is well-defended by the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder in the course of the Thunder’s 107-100 victory over the Lakers at Staples Middle in Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Lakers middle Tyson Chandler #5 reacts after Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder ahead Paul George #13 was fouled by Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart #three in the course of the Thunder’s 107-100 victory over the Lakers at Staples Middle in Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder ahead Paul George #13 is fouled by Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart #three in the course of the Thunder’s 107-100 victory over the Lakers at Staples Middle in Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder ahead Paul George #13 scores previous Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 through the Thunder’s 107-100 victory over the Lakers at Staples Middle in Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder guard Terrance Ferguson #23 goes airborne as he defends Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart #three through the Thunder’s 107-100 victory over the Lakers at Staples Middle in Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 02: Russell Westbrook #zero of the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder requires a foul through the first half towards the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Middle on January 02, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: Consumer expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or utilizing this photograph, Consumer is consenting to the phrases and circumstances of the Getty Pictures License Settlement. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Photographs)

  • Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder head coach Billy Donovan on the sidelines throughout their 107-100 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Middle in Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Lakers tackle the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder at Staples Middle in Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Lakers’ Lebron James celebrates a three-pointer from the bench through the second half of their NBA recreation towards the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder at Staples Middle in Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Lakers’ Lebron James, Lance Stephenson, Rajon Rondo and Ivica Zubac on the bench in the course of the second half of their NBA recreation towards the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder at Staples Middle in Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder’s Steven Adams #12 battles for a rebound with the Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram #14 in the course of the second half of their NBA recreation at Staples Middle in Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder’s Paul George #13 scores previous the Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball #2, left, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in the course of the second half of their NBA recreation at Staples Middle in Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder guard Russell Westbrook #zero shoots previous Los Angeles Lakers ahead Brandon Ingram #14 through the second half of their NBA recreation at Staples Middle in Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 02: Paul George #13 of the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder reacts as he’s fouled by Lance Stephenson #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the course of the first half at Staples Middle on January 02, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: Consumer expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or utilizing this photograph, Consumer is consenting to the phrases and circumstances of the Getty Photographs License Settlement. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Photographs)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 02: Russell Westbrook #zero and Paul George #13 of the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder rejoice a dunk through the first half towards the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Middle on January 02, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: Consumer expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or utilizing this photograph, Consumer is consenting to the phrases and circumstances of the Getty Pictures License Settlement. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Photographs)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 02: Paul George #13 of the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder drives to the basket between Josh Hart #three and Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers through the first half at Staples Middle on January 02, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: Consumer expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or utilizing this photograph, Consumer is consenting to the phrases and circumstances of the Getty Pictures License Settlement. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Pictures)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 02: Paul George #13 of the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder retains his dribble as he fends off Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the course of the first half at Staples Middle on January 02, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: Consumer expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or utilizing this photograph, Consumer is consenting to the phrases and circumstances of the Getty Pictures License Settlement. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Photographs)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 02: Steven Adams #12 of the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder makes an attempt a shot as he’s surrounded by JaVale McGee #7, Josh Hart #three and Lance Stephenson #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the course of the first half at Staples Middle on January 02, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: Consumer expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or utilizing this photograph, Consumer is consenting to the phrases and circumstances of the Getty Photographs License Settlement. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Pictures)

  • Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder’s Jerami Grant, proper, has his shot blocked by Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee through the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Jae C. Hong)

  • Los Angeles Lakers’ Tyson Chandler, left, and Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder’s Steven Adams vie for a rebound through the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Jae C. Hong)

  • Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder’s Jerami Grant dunks over Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma through the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Jae C. Hong)

  • Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram, entrance, will get a unfastened ball subsequent to Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder’s Russell Westbrook through the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Jae C. Hong)

  • Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder’s Paul George, left, is pressured by Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball through the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Jae C. Hong)

  • Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder’s Russell Westbrook, proper, drives previous Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball in the course of the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Jae C. Hong)

  • Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart, middle, reaches for a unfastened ball towards Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder’s Steven Adams, proper, as teammate Tyson Chandler watches through the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Jae C. Hong)

  • Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder’s Paul George, left, is strain by Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball through the first half of an NBA basketball recreation, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Jae C. Hong)

  • Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder’s Paul George, proper, is defended by Los Angeles Lakers’ Tyson Chandler in the course of the first half of an NBA basketball recreation, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Jae C. Hong)

  • Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder’s Paul George stands on the courtroom throughout timeout through the first half of an NBA basketball recreation towards the Los Angeles Lakers, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Jae C. Hong)

  • Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder’s Terrance Ferguson, left, goes up for a dunk towards Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram through the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Jae C. Hong)

  • Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder ahead Paul George stands on the courtroom through the first half of an NBA basketball recreation towards the Los Angeles Lakers, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Jae C. Hong)

  • Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder’s Terrance Ferguson, prime, defends Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart in the course of the second half of an NBA basketball recreation, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Thunder gained 107-100. (AP Photograph/Jae C. Hong)

  • Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder’s Terrance Ferguson, prime, defends Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart in the course of the second half of an NBA basketball recreation, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Thunder gained 107-100. (AP Photograph/Jae C. Hong)

  • Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder’s Terrance Ferguson, prime, defends towards Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart in the course of the second half of an NBA basketball recreation Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Thunder gained 107-100. (AP Photograph/Jae C. Hong)

  • Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart, proper, is defended by Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder’s Russell Westbrook in the course of the second half of an NBA basketball recreation, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Thunder gained 107-100. (AP Photograph/Jae C. Hong)

  • Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder’s Terrance Ferguson, entrance, is fouled by Los Angeles Lakers’ Tyson Chandler in the course of the second half of an NBA basketball recreation Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Thunder gained 107-100. (AP Photograph/Jae C. Hong)

  • Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder’s Russell Westbrook stands on the courtroom through the first half of an NBA basketball recreation towards the Los Angeles Lakers, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Jae C. Hong)

  • Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder head coach Billy Donovan watches motion through the first half of an NBA basketball recreation towards the Los Angeles Lakers, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Jae C. Hong)

  • Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder’s Paul George reacts after making a basket in the course of the second half of the staff’s NBA basketball recreation towards the Los Angeles Lakers, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Thunder gained 107-100. (AP Photograph/Jae C. Hong)

LOS ANGELES — As Paul George, the star the Lakers as soon as might have had, went off, the Lakers themselves appeared frightfully skinny on standouts.

That was the brief abstract of a 107-100 loss to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder, an at occasions tense and thrilling recreation that slowly drummed right down to disappointment as the Lakers misplaced their third recreation within the final 4 with out LeBron James.

The perfect the Lakers had was Brandon Ingram, who keyed second- and third-quarter runs with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists, however went chilly within the fourth quarter. Ingram missed his first six makes an attempt of the ultimate body, solely sinking a shot within the final minute when the end result was nicely set.

Likewise, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who obtained off to a different explosive begin with 18 first-half points, wound up with 25 within the recreation after cooling within the second half.

Even when it was a predictable outcome, there was insult added to damage, as George led all scorers with 37 points. The 28-year-old, who spurned the Lakers final summer time in free company, wrapped up his night time within the final two minutes with a dunk adopted by a strong flex, maybe letting some steam off from pressure that constructed all through the night.

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For all of the adoration George acquired throughout his go to final yr, as Lakers followers set themselves to woo the Palmdale native, on Wednesday it was paid again in boos. Staples Middle followers booed George when he was launched. They booed him when he touched the ball. When he acquired his third foul simply 9 minutes into the sport, a quick Bronx cheer arose as George complained to officers, adopted by one other refrain of boos.

It didn’t take lengthy for the Thunder to adapt to the position of antagonists: Russell Westbrook picked up on it after he tumbled on a dunk try, then threw a match when no foul was referred to as towards McGee. George poured gasoline on the hearth minutes later, slapping the backboard with each palms on an alley-oop from Westbrook and drawing a technical foul for the gesture.

From there, the duo didn’t maintain a lot again: After a second-quarter sequence when George hit a troublesome jumper and drew a foul towards Lance Stephenson, Westbrook carried out his personal rendition of Stephenson’s air guitar celebration.

Russ did Lance’s celebration in entrance of him, winked and blew a kiss 😂 pic.twitter.com/hcERQkJIRm

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January three, 2019

The 2 Southern California natives had formally turn out to be villains. Although Westbrook struggled by means of an unsightly capturing night time (three for 20), he nonetheless managed a triple-double (14 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists).

An already banged-up Lakers squad received even thinner through the recreation: Kyle Kuzma headed to the locker room earlier than halftime with a decrease again contusion and didn’t return. It left the Lakers with out their prime two scorers (James and Kuzma) and their prime two help males (James and Rajon Rondo).

The offense typically seemed toothless. Probably the most worrisome stretch got here within the fourth quarter, when the Lakers didn’t rating for a stretch of greater than 5 minutes. It included 4 straight missed free throws, underscoring that the Lakers have been simply 19 for 32 from the stripe.

Extra to return on this story.

Paul George drills the stepback J!

33 PTS for the @okcthunder ahead with three:05 remaining on @ESPNNBA #ThunderUp 96#LakeShow 92 pic.twitter.com/2zxZXbwfiC

— NBA (@NBA) January three, 2019

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