Paul George keeping Lakers in play despite enjoying All-Star season in OKC

LOS ANGELES CA- FEBRUARY 8 Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots the ball during the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led five Lakers in double figures with 20 points. Westbrook had 36 points and nine assists in the loss, and Anthony had 10 points and 13 rebounds.

The Los Angeles Lakers lost Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.at the National Basketball Association trade deadline, but finished their Thursday with another impressive gain: a 106-81 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, who sat Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony due to injury, at Staples Center.

Julius Randle had 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists, and Kyle Kuzma scored 16 off the bench as Los Angeles won its seventh straight game at home.

Los Angeles was without point guard Lonzo Ball (knee).

The Lakers were also short-handed, after a trade with Cleveland sent Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance, Jr.to the Cavaliers, that will eventually bring Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye, plus the Cavs first round pick in 2018 to the Lakers.

"We know it's part of the business", Ingram said in a postgame interview on TNT.

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Los Angeles led by six points at halftime but doubled the margin to 12 as Ingram buried consecutive 3-pointers.

Thunder coach Billy Donovan did not reveal the starters for each player, but Josh Huestis started last game at shooting guard for Andre Roberson.

After a ton of growing pains, it looks like the Thunder Big 3 have finally found their groove.

On the other side, the Lakers are a flawless 7-0 against the spread in their last seven home games, are 11-1 against the number in their last 12 games when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game, and are 6-0 against the number in their last six home games versus a team with a losing road record. "I think being aggressive for myself and for my teammates gets a lot of guys open and we're just making the next pass available and getting the best shot we can", Ingram said after the win on Tuesday.

George scored 22 first-half points but the Thunder trailed 52-46 at the break.

Los Angeles took the contest by a final score of 106-81.

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