LeBron James and Anthony Davis absent, Dennis Schröder makes misery at the Thunder

NBA – Precious victory (123-117) for the Lakers in Oklahoma City. Without LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, it was Dennis Schröder who made the difference.

The Lakers showed up without LeBron James in Oklahoma City, nor D’Angelo Russell, but it was expected. What was less is that Anthony Davis, also hit in the foot, would not be there either. Except that opposite, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was missing, placed in the NBA’s Covid protocol.

Enough to allow the usual second knives to showcase themselves, in a very rhythmic match marked by the Lakers who had to resist the return attempts of Josh Giddey and company.

But with his 22 points (of 26) in the second half, Dennis Schröder was particularly valuable in guiding Los Angeles to a significant success (123-117) in the race for the Top 10 in the Western Conference.

WHAT YOU MUST REMEMBER

– Good energy. The All-Stars in the infirmary, the other players were able to show their desire and it offered a pleasant match, even if necessarily a little messy in sequences. There was in any case rhythm and desire, like this sequence of Rui Hachimura who places a counter in the second curtain before rushing to slam a dunk on the counter-attack. For the Lakers, it also translated into a great address from afar (16/35).

– The Lakers at the gates of the Top 10. For Los Angeles, this victory against a direct competitor in the “play-in” is in any case extremely valuable, especially since Portland also lost. Darvin Ham’s troops are thus 11th (30-33) but can overtake New Orleans (31-32) or Utah (31-32) in the coming days.

TOPS/FLOPS

✅ Dennis Schroeder. Discreet in the first half, the German remembered the good memories of his former club after the break, by registering 22 of his 26 points including a lot of baskets which broke the legs of the Thunder. It must be said that this time he had the ball in hand permanently, his favorite role.

✅ Josh Giddey.

He started slowly but the Australian is a diesel who always surprises opponents with his own pace. In any case, he finished on the verge of a triple-double with 22 points, 11 assists and 9 rebounds in his still particular style, Bodiroga style.

⛔️ The lack of shooters in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City were able to regain the lead in the first half by taking in a few outside shots but the team lacked the outside firepower to turn games around. The Thunder do not hesitate to draw behind the 3-point line, but the 11/40 from afar is too weak, especially since the shots were mainly scored in the first half, with a 2/16 after the break…

THE FOLLOWING

LA Lakers (30-33) : Los Angeles continues with Wolves reception on Friday (4:30 a.m.)

Oklahoma City (28-34) : the Thunder will try to bounce back against the Jazz on Friday (2:00 a.m.)

Oklahoma City / 117 Shots Bounces
Players Min Shots 3pts LF O D T Pd Fte Int Bp Ct +/- Pts Eval
J. Robinson-Earl 16 0/2 0/1 0/0 3 1 4 1 1 0 1 0 -18 0 2
Jay. Williams 25 1/7 0/3 2/2 3 9 12 2 2 1 2 1 -5 4 12
Jal. Williams 34 9/16 3/5 3/4 1 3 4 7 2 2 2 0 0 24 27
J. Giddey 34 10/17 1/4 1/3 2 7 9 11 1 0 4 0 -17 22 29
L. Dort 36 7/16 1/7 4/6 2 0 2 2 6 0 0 1 -18 19 13
D. Saric 15 5/6 1/2 2/3 0 2 2 0 3 0 1 0 -4 13 12
L. Waters III 18 2/5 2/5 2/2 0 1 1 1 4 1 0 1 +16 8 9
T. Mann 9 1/3 0/2 2/2 0 2 2 2 1 1 0 0 +14 4 7
I. Joe 29 5/11 3/9 2/2 0 2 2 3 5 1 1 0 +1 15 14
A. Wiggins 23 4/7 0/2 0/0 1 3 4 0 2 2 0 1 +1 8 12
44/90 11/40 18/24 12 30 42 29 27 8 11 4 117 137
LA Lakers / 123 Shots Bounces
Players Min Shots 3pts LF O D T Pd Fte Int Bp Ct +/- Pts Eval
J. Vanderbilt 23 2/5 0/1 3/4 0 4 4 1 1 1 1 1 -3 7 9
T. Brown Jr. 34 7/10 4/7 1/1 0 1 1 4 2 1 2 2 +5 19 22
M. Bamba 22 4/5 3/4 1/2 3 4 7 2 4 1 4 1 +1 12 17
D. Schroeder 37 8/18 3/6 7/8 0 2 2 6 6 2 3 0 +16 26 22
M. Beasley 27 4/15 3/12 0/0 0 6 6 2 0 0 0 0 +7 11 8
R. Hachimura 27 3/6 1/2 2/2 3 6 9 2 1 0 0 3 +2 9 20
W Gabriel 22 2/7 0/0 1/2 4 6 10 0 2 0 0 0 +7 5 9
A. Reaves 25 5/5 1/1 8/9 0 0 0 4 1 1 1 0 -3 19 22
L. Walker IV 18 2/7 1/2 8/11 0 2 2 1 1 1 2 0 +7 13 7
M. Christie 6 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 -9 2 2
38/80 16/35 31/39 10 31 41 22 19 8 13 7 123 138

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