Lakers blast Thunder minus LeBron, Davis
LOS ANGELES, USA – Kyle Kuzma scored a season-high 36 points and the Los Angeles Lakers won without LeBron James and Anthony Davis, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder, 125-110, in the NBA on Saturday, January 11 (Sunday, January 12, Philippine time).
Kuzma was 4-of-6 from behind the three-point line as the Lakers won their eighth straight game.
The Lakers led by as many as 32 points in the second half, but the Thunder cut the lead to just 11 with less than 3 minutes remaining before Kuzma drained back-to-back shots to give the Lakers control again.
James was ruled out after succumbing to a cold.
Last Friday, James shrugged off the early symptoms of his illness to lead the Lakers to an emphatic 129-114 win over the Dallas Mavericks, scoring 35 points and grabbing 16 rebounds to set up the victory.
However the Lakers confirmed on Saturday that the veteran would miss the team's road game against the Thunder.
Teammate Davis also didn't play after suffering a bruised tailbone on Tuesday.
James' display on Friday saw him move up into 4th place on the leaderboard for all-time field goals, moving clear of Michael Jordan.
James has led a resurgence of the Lakers this season, with his performances propelling them to the top of the Western Conference with 31 wins and only 7 defeats.