Without Russ and Melo, Thunder Lose at Lakers


Despite this being the first campaign he's spending with them, he has shown that he can co-exist with Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony and the rest of his teammates, which leads to many wondering if that's enough reason for George to re-sign with the Thunder in the summer once he becomes a free agent. Without a true point guard, the Thunder's offense sputtered and didn't score in the second quarter until the 7:38 mark.

Hart 4-9 0-0 10, Randle 8-16 1-1 17, Lopez 4-14 1-2 9, Ingram 7-11 2-2 19, Caldwell-Pope 7-10 3-3 20, Kuzma 6-15 2-2 16, Brewer 3-6 0-0 6, Bryant 1-3 0-0 2, Zubac 2-6 3-3 7, Caruso 0-4 0-0 0, Ennis 0-0 0-0 0, Payton II 0-2 0-0 0.

Los Angeles is riding a three-game winning streak both straight up and against the spread. That said, he will definitely generate a lot of interest from teams around the league who will all make their best pitches to him to try and land his services.

"I don't know if whether I'm going to LA, or what I'm going to do this offseason", George adds.

Paul George had 29 points and nine rebounds for the Thunder, who lost for the fifth time in six games. Against Dallas on November 13 when Anthony sat with a sore back, Donovan started Jerami Grant at power forward. Westbrook had 36 points and nine assists in the loss, and Anthony had 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Lakers: G Lonzo Ball (left knee) missed his 12th straight game. Their fans made it clear who they would like to see join the team, giving George a loud ovation when he was introduced. At the end of the season, it's still on my decision on what I need to do for my family. "So, it's just different guys gotta step up, and I think that's why you have a complement of players and guys have an opportunity to fill roles and help our team if those guys are in a position that they can't play".

The Thunder returns home to host Memphis Sunday at 6:00 pm at Chesapeake Arena.