Oklahoma City Thunder beats Los Angeles Lakers

Russell Westbrook was ejected as the Los Angeles Lakers blew a 26-point lead to lose 123-115 to Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA last night.

Los Angeles Lakers led 56-30 during the second quarter but Oklahoma City Thunder hit back to take a 97-95 lead at the third quarter buzzer before staying clear.

Westbrook recorded his first triple-double for Los Angeles Lakers since joining in August but also had 10 turnovers.

He was ejected late on for a second technical foul.

It was the 32-year-old guard’s first appearance for Los Angeles Lakers in Oklahoma City, where he spent the first 11 seasons of his NBA career.

LeBron James missed his second straight game because of an ankle injury.

Anthony Davis scored 30 points but could not prevent the 2020 champions, Los Angeles Lakers from losing a third game in their first five matches.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led Oklahoma Thunder with 27 points to help them secure their first win of the season.

Elsewhere, reigning champions Milwaukee Bucks were beaten 113-108 by the Minnesota Timberwolves, despite Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo hitting 40 points.

Brooklyn Nets, another pre-season favourite for the title, suffered their third defeat of the season as they lost 93-106 to Miami Heat.

Last year’s beaten finalists Phoenix Suns lost for the second game in a row as the Sacramento Kings secured a 110-107 win.