NBA LA Lakers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 120-101 on Friday night, with Stanley Johnson scoring 21 points.
LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook were absent from the NBA LA Lakers starting lineup. Still, Wenyen Gabriel contributed 16 points to help the Lakers secure their first home victory since March 21. The bench erupted in applause as the underachievers suddenly had something to celebrate for the first time.
It was the ultimate blow for one of the most humiliating seasons in recent NBA LA Lakers history as ruled out postseason contention on Tuesday.
NBA LA Lakers improved their record to 11-30
Despite playing without their three injured players. And ailing backup Carmelo Anthony, the Lakers have improved to 11-30 since January 7th. An ankle injury earlier in the day ended James’ hopes of winning his second NBA scoring championship.
As a result of the players’ absence, Johnson was able to make his way from the waiver wire to a regular position with the NBA LA Lakers this year. Eight NBA LA Lakers scored in double digits.
Next season, Johnson says, “I look forward to being here if they can have me.” This year, the Lakers have taken me from the G League to the NBA. The chance to spend a whole summer immersed in their work would be a dream come true.”
A career-high 27 points by Jaylen Hoard and a career-high 25 points from Georgios Kalaitzakis led the Thunder to their 15th defeat in their last 19 games. Two games in downtown NBA LA Lakers will wrap off Oklahoma City’s first back-to-back losing seasons since relocating in 2008.
Mark Daigneault said
Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said that a six-man Thunder rotation “played a lot of minutes,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said. There is a fantastic chance for them to go there and play. Since there are only so many games remaining.” I’m pleased of them because they compete with their heads down.”
Last night, Greek rookie Kalaitzakis, who started the season with Milwaukee. Scored somewhere around 10 focuses in four games, later joining the Thunder from the G League two days earlier.
With his first significant season’s playing time just around the corner. Three-year NBA veteran Hoard continues to put up eye-popping stats.
As long as there are “many people on the bench,” “I know that even if I make a few errors here and there, I’ll be able to play,” Hoard added.
What would be the future of Vogel?
This game might also be Vogel’s departure to NBA LA Lakers. Since the coach expects to blame the Lakers’ current difficulties. Despite leading the NBA LA Lakers to their 17th title in the Florida bubble only 18 months before this season, they knocked them out of the playoffs in the first round of the previous year’s tournament.
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