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Thunder rally to beat Lakers; Bulls stun Bucks in OT

LOS ANGELES – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 33 points to propel the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 113-110 NBA victory over LeBron James and the weary Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday (Friday Manila time).

Gilgeous-Alexander connected on 11-of-18 shots from the field and made all 10 of his free throws.

Jalen Williams scored 21 points and rookie center Chet Holmgren added 18 for the Thunder, who had seven players score in double figures.

Anthony Davis led Los Angeles with 31 points and 14 rebounds. James had 21 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for the Lakers, who led by as many as 14 points in the first half but couldn't keep the pressure on in the second night of a back-to-back and with a bevy of players nursing injuries.

Oklahoma City outscored Los Angeles 42-23 in the second quarter to lead 72-60 at halftime and never trailed the rest of the way.

"I thought we played really good ball the first quarter," James said. "But after that you could start seeing the three in four (nights), back-to-back, the bodies that we don't have started to wear on us... especially versus a young team like OKC."

In Chicago, the short-handed Bulls held off Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks 120-113 in overtime.

Nikola Vucevic scored 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Bulls, who were without injured Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan.

Alex Caruso drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send it to overtime, and Caruso's steal set up Patrick Williams's dunk that capped the scoring in the extra session.

A dunk by Antetokounmpo had put Milwaukee up 110-109 with 2:41 left in overtime, but Vucevic answered with a dunk that put Chicago up for good.

Antetokounmpo shook off a slow start — he scored just four points in the first half — to lead the Bucks with 26 points and 14 rebounds.

Brook Lopez scored 20, Malik Beasley added 19 and Damian Lillard had 18 for the Bucks, who trailed by 12 early in the fourth quarter but grabbed a 106-103 lead with 5.2sec left in regulation.

Miami's Jimmy Butler returned from a two-game injury absence and scored 24 of his 36 points in the second half to help the Heat rally for a 142-132 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

Butler grabbed 10 rebounds and

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