Thunder outplayed in 138-128 OT loss to LeBron-less Lakers

Lakers' Rajon Rondo finds other ways to channel his competitive fire

The emergence of Anthony Davis as a potential trade target has made the Lakers active in the market again and they are said to be keen to bring the power forward to Los Angeles before the current campaign enters the latter stages.

The foul call drew the attention of Lakers superstar LeBron James, who's now out of action with a groin strain.

The Lakers face the Thunder and Houston Rockets on Thursday and Saturday respectively.

LeBron James still has to wait until next week before he can return to practice with the Los Angeles Lakers, but according to his agent the superstar is feeling good enough to play right now if he really wanted to.

'I'm optimistic about life, ' Walton said when asked if he's optimistic about three-time National Basketball Association champion James.

However, behind a career night from Ivica Zubac, another 30-point outing from Kyle Kuzma and huge nights from Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram catapulted the Lakers to a momentous victory. His points in overtime came on a 3-pointer and an acrobatic layup he dropped in to finish with 18 points on 7-for-17 shooting, 10 assists and 6 rebounds.

The Clips have a better record than the Lakers (24-19 compared to Lakers 23-21 mark), even though they don't have a star leading the way or promising, young talent. Oklahoma City did not attempt a field goal inside the arc in overtime.

Ball bounced back with five points, two rebounds and an assist in overtime. The Thunder are 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a loss of more than 10 points and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. James and Rondo both practiced 3-pointers at Tuesday's shootaround.

I don't think he's going to play against the Warriors, folks.

Kuzma finished with a game-high 32 points on efficient shooting to go with eight boards, four assists and three steals.

Lakers management continues to project support for Walton publicly and privately - at least through this season, multiple sources told ESPN.



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