National Basketball Association wrap: Lakers survive Lonzo Ball's gaffe to beat Thunder in OT

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In the absence of their star man, the Los Angeles Lakers got back to winning ways but the prognosis of LeBron James' injury return doesn't sound positive.

But the Lakers have confirmed James will miss both games in the hope of resuming training next week.

So, James is basically walking through shooting drills.

Fouls and layups allowed the Lakers to erase a 12-point deficit in less than four minutes to start the second quarter against the Thunder's all-bench second unit. He was cleared to ramp up his basketball activities last week and he's barely moved beyond that in that same amount of time.

The Lakers have struggled as of late and are still without LeBron James, who's been sidelined with a groin injury since December 25.

And the Lakers - or at least head coach Luke Walton - are hopeful they'll get good news when LeBron is re-evaluated on Wednesday.

Westbrook is a 30.6 percent career 3-point shooter. "Super tough. Top-five teams in the league if you were to look at it from a year ago and even how they're playing right now".




Russell Westbrook led the team with 31 points, 11 assists and five steals, Paul George added 24 points on six of 18 shooting with five steals while Dennis Schroder and Jerami Grant each scored 21 points.

In 14 games this season, Rondo is averaging 8.4 points, 6.7 assists and 4.4 rebounds. His overall return date to the starting lineup is unknown and he will most likely miss next Monday's game against Kevin Durant the Golden State Warriors.

The Los Angeles Lakers have been looking to make a trade before the February 7 deadline and have been linked with numerous players since the season began in October.

Lonzo Ball made a bad decision late in Thursday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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

"He does a lot of that when we're not here", Walton said when asked about the running James has been doing during his recovery process.

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