The Lakers lost late in the game against Oklahoma City (123-115). Miami won against Brooklyn (108-113) despite a very good Gianni Antetokounmpo.
Russell Westbrook made his first triple-double of his career with the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday in Oklahoma City, but the holders of 17 NBA titles collapsed late in the game to lose (123-115) against the Thunder, so far without a win.
In the absence of LeBron James, who suffered an ankle problem, Westbrook shared the offensive burden with Anthony Davis, finishing with 20 points, 13 assists and 14 rebounds at Paycom Arena.
But Westbrook and Davis, who scored 30 points, couldn’t prevent a superb comeback from the Thunder, who were up to 26 points behind at the end of the second quarter before recovering after the break to clinch a first success in five games this season.
The Lakers had scored 41 points in the first quarter and seemed to be heading for victory by returning to the locker room at the break with a clear advantage (72-56). But Oklahoma City turned it around in the third quarter to take a narrow 97-96 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Derrick Favors gave the Thunder the lead 118-115 with 31 seconds remaining, and the Lakers then missed three straight shots in the dying seconds.
The team coached by Mark Daigneault was able to rely on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander author of 26 points, while Josh Giddey and Darius Bazley scored 18 points each.
Westbrook’s game ended in an inglorious fashion, as the former Thunder was ruled out in the final two seconds after protesting a spectacular, unopposed dunk from Darius Bazley.
“Our focus, intensity and defensive effort waned, but we learned a lesson. We cannot ease off the accelerator against anyone, ”he stressed.
TO?? Milwaukee, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 40 points, caught 16 rebounds and delivered seven decisive assists, but the defending Bucks lost (113-108) to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
D’Angelo Russell was Wolves’ leading scorer with 29 points, while Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns both scored 25 points in a game Minnesota led from start to finish. s having accumulated 44 points in the first quarter.
“There are a lot of things we have to work on,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer explained.
Bam Adebayo was energized, with 24 points, to allow the Miami Heat to win among the Brooklyn Nets (106-93) in a clash between the rivals of the Eastern Conference.
Adebayo was one of five Heat players to score at least 14 points in the hotly contested duel that saw Miami climb back from an eight-unit deficit to the start of the third. quarter before breaking away in the fourth.
Kevin Durant scored 25 points for Brooklyn, but James Harden was limited to 14 points.
Meanwhile, in Boston, the Celtics are still awaiting their first home win of the season after suffering another loss (116-107) against the Washington Wizards.
Center pivot Montrezl Harrell led the way for the Wizards with 25 points off the bench while point guard Spencer Dinwiddie added 22 points.
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