Nick Young helped the Los Angeles Lakers overcome the explosiveness of Russell Westbrook in the final minutes of the game after hitting a crucial three-pointer to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 111-109, on Tuesday night at the Staples Center.
The Lakers faced a huge dilemma in the final minutes of the game after the Thunder bounced back from a 12-point deficit. Steven Adams’ shot almost gave the Thunder a successful come-from-behind victory. Brandon Ingram made the final play for the Lakers.
Ingram found Lou Williams open and immediately passed the ball. Nick Young intercepted the pass and knocked down a three-pointer. Luckily, the shot came in, giving the Lakers a two-point lead with five seconds remaining in the game. Russell Westbrook tried to hit his own three but fail to knock it down.
“It was a petty incredible shot by him,” head coach Luke Walton said. “Obviously one of the reasons we like Nick on the court at the end of the game is because he is not afraid of the moment. He made a big shot for us.”
Westbrook became more aggressive in the final minutes of the game. He helped the Thunder bounce back from a 12-point deficit. However, the young Lakers team still managed to regain the lead and win the game. With their victory, the Lakers ended their nine-game losing streak against the Thunder.
“We get down by 14 points, and we get two quick scores and cut it to 10 and all of a sudden he goes crazy and gives us a chance to win the game,” Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan said. “We were a little bit dead there, and his 3s gave us a chance.”
The Lakers played without D’Angelo Russell who is currently resting his sore knee. Jose Calderon served as their starting point guard and managed to contribute 12 points and hit four three-pointers. The Lakers will visit the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday at the Oracle Arena.
Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder will face the Sacramento Kings at the Golden 1 Center on Wednesday.
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