Young’s late 3-pointer pushes Lakers past Thunder, 111-109
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nick Young hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 5 seconds to play, and the Los Angeles Lakers blew a 14-point lead in the final minutes before rallying for a 111-109 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night.
Young finished with 17 points and Jordan Clarkson had 18 for the Lakers, who survived a monster performance by Russell Westbrook in the final minutes.
After Westbrook scored 17 points in a five-minute span to trim the Lakers’ big lead to one point, Steven Adams scored on a go-ahead putback of Westbrook’s miss with 13.9 seconds to play.
The Lakers then passed the ball around the perimeter before Young coolly drained his fourth 3-pointer of the night.
Westbrook missed a long shot shortly before the buzzer.
The Los Angeles native finished with 34 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds, barely missing his sixth triple-double of his amazing season.
Timofey Mozgov scored 16 points for the Lakers, who ended a two-game skid with their seventh win in 11 games overall.
Adams had 20 points, including two baskets in the final minute, for the Thunder, who have lost six of eight.
Jose Calderon hit four 3-pointers and scored a season-high 12 points while filling in for D’Angelo Russell, who will miss at least two games to rest his sore knee.
The Lakers jumped to a 13-point lead in the first quarter, hitting five 3-pointers while the Thunder went 0 for 7. Westbrook led the Thunder’s comeback, but Young drained a 25-footer at the halftime buzzer to put the Lakers back ahead.
Los Angeles stretched its lead to a game-high 14 on Larry Nance Jr.’s fast-break dunk with 6:44 to play off a give-and-go with Brandon Ingram, who had 11 points and played in the final minutes.
Westbrook’s fourth 3-pointer of the night trimmed the Lakers’ lead to 108-105 with 1:38 left.
Russell sat out for the second time in three games to rest his knee, which prevents him from playing at full speed. He won’t play Wednesday, and the Lakers aren’t sure whether he’ll return Friday or Sunday or later. Calderon has played sparingly in his first season with Los Angeles, but the Spanish guard excelled in this spot start.
Thunder: G Semaj Christon missed his second straight game with a concussion. ... Westbrook committed a flagrant-1 foul in the second quarter, hitting Luol Deng around the head and neck. The veterans exchanged words and had to be separated.
Lakers: Julius Randle had three points in 21 minutes while playing with a hip bruise that nearly kept him out of the Lakers’ lineup. ... Lou Williams converted a four-point play in the first quarter and finished with 13 points.
Thunder: The road trip continues at Sacramento on Wednesday.
Lakers: At Warriors on Wednesday to begin a home-and-home miniseries around Thanksgiving.