The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-105 on Martin Luther King Day in an effort to quash trade rumors.
It was their second consecutive victory over the Western Conference's No. 2 club. It also reinforced the perception that the Lakers can beat contenders when healthy.
"People discuss trades and this and that. No one is sugarcoating anything. "You have an opportunity to improve, and you will take advantage of it,
Lakers coach Darvin Ham told reporters after the game. "That being said, with what we have in that locker room, we simply need to buckle down, focus,
take care of the basics. We have more than enough in that locker room to get some things done.
Ham returned to the starting five that he used at the start of the season. It worked brilliantly this time,
as the Lakers improved to 3-3 with the starting lineup of D'Angelo Russell, Austin Reaves, Taurean Prince, LeBron James, and Anthony Davis
The Lakers' starting five scored 84 points, outscoring the Thunders' starters by seven.
With just Cam Reddish (sore knee) and Gabe Vincent (knee surgery) missing, the Lakers played high-level basketball, which was unusual during their awful 5-12 period following their In-Season Tournament victory.
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