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Five takeaways from Thunder's loss to Lakers

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Recap: Lakers 130, Thunder 127 Hamidou Diallo returns to Thunder rotation but exits in fourth quarter with elbow injury vs. Lakers Back from Los Angeles, Thunder's script still calls for heartbreak in 130-127 loss to Lakers

The Lakers beat the Thunder 130-127 Friday night in Oklahoma City. It was the Thunder’s second close loss to the Lakers in the last four days. Here are five takeaways: 

Weathering third quarter storm

OKC held a one-point halftime lead, but Los Angeles blitzed the Thunder coming out of the locker room. It looked as though the Thunder’s third quarter problems would continue another night, but then OKC weathered the storm. 

The Lakers lead grew to as big as 15 points thanks to a 10-of-11 shooting start in the third quarter. After being slowed to three fast-break points at halftime, the Lakers had 13 fast-break points in the first five minutes of the third quarter. 

OKC gave up 40 points in the third quarter, but it stayed competitive with 36 of its own. 

The game remained close for the final 12 minutes. 

Diallo returns, exits in fourth quarter

Thunder shooting guard Hamidou Diallo played for the first time in 10 days. He missed the previous three games with a left knee sprain. 

Diallo, settling back into his usual role, was an immediate energy boost off the bench. He scored eight points with two steals and two rebounds. 

Diallo exited with 9:32 left in the game. He took an apparent push off from LeBron James, but Diallo was called for a foul. Thunder coach Billy Donovan challenged the play, but the call was upheld. 

Diallo rolled on the court in visible pain. He then sprinted down the tunnel toward OKC’s locker room and didn’t return. 

Adams scores season-high 

Steven Adams hadn’t scored more than 13 points in a game this season before Friday. More importantly, he hadn’t looked fully healthy. Donovan admitted before the game that Adams’ movement has been limited this season. 

It didn’t show Friday night. 

Adams scored a season-high 22 points. Twelve of his points came in the third quarter, which helped keep OKC in the game. His previous season high was 13 points. 

Adams shot 9-of-10 from the field and 4-of-4 from the free throw line. 

Defending from deep

The Lakers shot 55 percent from 3-point range. Anthony Davis, Danny Green and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope combined to make 12-of-18 long-range attempts. 

Davis finished with a game-high 33 points including the game icing free throws. 

The Thunder shot 11-of-31 (36 percent) from three.

The Lakers’ biggest three came with 2:36 left in the fourth quarter when Davis made a corner three over Adams. Adams was called for a foul and Davis converted the four-point play to put the Lakers ahead by five points. 

Tempers flare

Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo was ejected after a Flagrant 2 foul with 10:20 left in the game. It was ruled that Rondo committed a “hostile act”. 

Dennis Schroder was the victim of the foul. The two point guards jawed with each other all game. They were called for a double technical in the second quarter. 

Donovan was also called for a technical. 

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Los Angeles' LeBron James (23) dunks the ball in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]

Los Angeles' LeBron James (23) dunks the ball in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]

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[Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Dennis Schroder (17) and Los Angeles' Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) chase the ball in the third quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. The Lakers won 130-127. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-6d7463b282667be4807cbcac9c1071a1.jpg" alt="Photo - Los Angeles' LeBron James (23) dunks the ball in front of Oklahoma City's Dennis Schroder (17) in the third quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. The Lakers won 130-127. 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[Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] " title="Oklahoma City's Darius Bazley (7) takes the ball to the basket near Los Angeles' LeBron James (23) in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Darius Bazley (7) takes the ball to the basket near Los Angeles' LeBron James (23) in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. 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[Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] " title="Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) passes over Los Angeles' Anthony Davis (3) in the third quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. The Lakers won 130-127. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) passes over Los Angeles' Anthony Davis (3) in the third quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. The Lakers won 130-127. 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[Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] " title="Oklahoma City's Danilo Gallinari (8) defends Los Angeles' Anthony Davis (3) in the third quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. The Lakers won 130-127. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Danilo Gallinari (8) defends Los Angeles' Anthony Davis (3) in the third quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. The Lakers won 130-127. 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[Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) dribbles as Los Angeles' Danny Green (14) defends in the third quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. The Lakers won 130-127. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-7ff32a6e72639245647ca9029c948df4.jpg" alt="Photo - Los Angeles' Rajon Rondo (9) talks to official Mitchell Ervin (27) as Lakers assistant coach Lionel Hollins, middle, tries to get Rondo to leave the floor after being ejected for a Flagrant 2 foul in the fourth quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. The Lakers won 130-127. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] " title="Los Angeles' Rajon Rondo (9) talks to official Mitchell Ervin (27) as Lakers assistant coach Lionel Hollins, middle, tries to get Rondo to leave the floor after being ejected for a Flagrant 2 foul in the fourth quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. The Lakers won 130-127. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Los Angeles' Rajon Rondo (9) talks to official Mitchell Ervin (27) as Lakers assistant coach Lionel Hollins, middle, tries to get Rondo to leave the floor after being ejected for a Flagrant 2 foul in the fourth quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. The Lakers won 130-127. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-aaee4990245545ccc85d6b40ba7df520.jpg" alt="Photo - Los Angeles' Anthony Davis (3) draws the foul from Oklahoma City's Terrance Ferguson (23) in the fourth quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. The Lakers won 130-127. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] " title="Los Angeles' Anthony Davis (3) draws the foul from Oklahoma City's Terrance Ferguson (23) in the fourth quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. The Lakers won 130-127. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Los Angeles' Anthony Davis (3) draws the foul from Oklahoma City's Terrance Ferguson (23) in the fourth quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. The Lakers won 130-127. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-7b5caa503426f29e30930c5b47b2f2ce.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) shoots as Los Angeles' Anthony Davis (3) defends in the fourth quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. The Lakers won 130-127. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] " title="Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) shoots as Los Angeles' Anthony Davis (3) defends in the fourth quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. The Lakers won 130-127. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) shoots as Los Angeles' Anthony Davis (3) defends in the fourth quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. The Lakers won 130-127. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure>
Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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