Kuzma scores 32 as Lakers top Thunder in OT without LeBron

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Kyle Kuzma scored 32 points to help the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 138-128 in overtime on Thursday night without the injured LeBron James.

The four-time Most Valuable Player (MVP) missed his 12th straight game with a left groin strain, but the Lakers still pulled off a solid road win.

Ivica Zubac scored a career-high 26 points and Lonzo Ball added 18 for the Lakers, who improved to 5-7 without their star.

The Lakers outscored the Thunder 16-6 in the extra period.

Paul George scored 27 points and Terrance Ferguson added 21 for Oklahoma City. Russell Westbrook had 26 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds for the Thunder, but he shot just seven of 30.

The Thunder lost despite making a franchise-record 21 three-pointers and leading by 17 in the first half. They have dropped five of six.

Westbrook missed two layups in the final minute, but he was fouled on a three-pointer with 2.9 seconds remaining and the Lakers up 122-119. Westbrook, a 64 per cent free throw shooter, made all three foul shots to tie the score at 122.

Kuzma missed a three at the buzzer, and the game went to overtime.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) collides with Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroeder (17) as he goes to the basket while Thunder guard Hamidou Diallo (6) looks on during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the two teams in Oklahoma City on Thursday night. – AP