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George guides short-handed Thunder past Grizzlies

George guides short-handed Thunder past Grizzlies

Los Angeles is 12-4 in its last 16 games, including eight in a row at home.

The two role players who combined for 1 of 11 against the Lakers could not have looked more different from beyond the arc Sunday.

The Lakers were also short-handed, after a trade with Cleveland sent Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance, Jr.to the Cavaliers, that will eventually bring Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye, plus the Cavs first round pick in 2018 to the Lakers.

After a slow start, Walton got his answer. "Second game being together, that group, I thought there was a little more chemistry".

It was raining threes in Oklahoma City on Sunday night. Rookie Josh Hart broke his streak of double-doubles but finished the game with 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

The Lakers manhandled them Thunder, who were without Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony.

George was conductor of the offense, and the star - he hit 5 of the Thunder's franchise-record-tying 16 3-pointers - but it wasn't a solo performance. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope protected the Lakers' dominance with a diverse shot selection and had 10 points by halftime.

Albert Adomah on target for Aston Villa in English Championship
Birmingham have not scored in their last five visits to Villa Park and sit two points and two places above the relegation zone. Adomah may have turned the game in Villa's favour but his team-mate Jack Grealish was the driving force for the hosts.

"With as hard as it was to put the ball in the basket, we kept trying to battle and fight defensively and did some good things", Thunder coach Billy Donovan said.

It just didn't make shots - for whatever the reason. Patrick Patterson was 0-of-6.

Charged by George's fast start, the Thunder pushed ahead by 11 points early before Julius Randle led the Lakers' charge.

After starting the game by missing four of their first five shots, the Thunder shot 56.5 percent and made 7 of 8 3-pointers to grab a 35-18 lead after the first quarter. Sometimes in free agency, families get overlooked in the decision. Their fans made it clear who they would like to see join the team, giving George a loud ovation when he was introduced.

During an appearance at the "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" show, Lakers president Magic Johnson joked about how he would interact with George once they randomly meet outside a basketball event at the time when the player was rumored to soon play for the L.A. organization.

"Well, I mean I'm happy here", George said.

"If there was no game today, then, yeah, most of today would have been spent watching film on him and calling people that I know around the league that may either have played with him or coached him and coming up with game plans", Walton said. The Lakers earned their first victory over the Thunder this season on Sunday, winning 108-104 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.


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