With four-time MVP LeBron James still sidelined by a left groin strain, Kyle Kuzma scored 32 points to help the Lakers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 138-128 in overtime.,Ball bounced back with five points, two rebounds and an assist in overtime.,Walton was impressed with his second-year point guard's overall effort, especially late in the game.,"For him to do that against Westbrook �� I'm sure a player he watched growing up as one of the great point guards in our league — not only to score those points, but a couple of big assists to Zu coming down the lane, a big-time rebound.,FADING DEFENSE

The Thunder, among the best defensive teams in the league during the first half of the season, have allowed an average of 130.2 points in their past six games. read more

LOS ANGELES — Cedi Osman scored 20 points, Collin Sexton added 17 and the Cleveland Cavaliers ended a 12-game losing streak with a 101-95 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.,Kyle Kuzma had 29 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers, who have lost two straight and five of their past seven.,Los Angeles was 7 for 34 on 3-pointers and had 11 fast-break points.,Burks delivered an emphatic dunk after Ingram couldn’t handle a defensive rebound to help the Cavaliers re-establish control after Kuzma scored five straight to cut the Cavaliers’ lead to 84-79 midway though the four quarter.,Burks and Osman hit 3-pointers to bookend the push, and Cleveland was able to sustain the 10-point margin going into the fourth by holding Los Angeles to 8-for-26 shooting.

Zach Rasile had another career night for McDonald, leading the Blue Devils with 52 points, beating the previous school record of 51.,Maplewood was led by Hunter Bates with 20 points, including four 3-pointers.,Jordan Zupko scored 26 points and Austin Governor added 23 for Mineral Ridge.,Mineral Ridge’s Alexa Harkins led all scorers with 27 points, including three 3-pointers.,Marlington led 30-20 at halftime, but West Branch held the Dukes to four points each in the third and fourth quarters.

Luka Garza scored 16 points, Tyler Cook had 15 points with eight rebounds, and Iowa rolled past No. 16 Ohio State 72-62 on Saturday in Iowa City, handing the Buckeyes their third straight loss.,Ohio State's C.J. Jackson, the team's second-leading scorer at 13.1 points, didn't start for the first time this season.,Andre Wesson had 13 points for Ohio State, which committed a season-high 21 turnovers.,Valparaiso 65, Southern Illinois 61: Derrik Smits scored 16 points with eight rebounds, and Deion Lavender’s basket with 13 seconds led the Crusaders to a Missouri Valley win in Carbondale, Ill.,Northern Illinois 73, Akron 56: Eugene German had 27 points, seven rebounds and five 3-pointers, and the Huskies outscored the Zips 48-22 in the second half of a Mid-American win in DeKalb.

Adam Honeycutt also reached double figures for the Tigers with 10 points.,Ryan Gordon and Riley Miller also reached dobule figures, scoring 12 points each.,Three other Eagles reached double figures, including Jody Hayes (14 points), Chris Williams (13), and Cameron Hollobaugh (13).,Garret Scott was one of three Wellsville players in double figures with 17 points.,Melvin Neail also reached double figures for the Eagles with 10 points.

Freshman Madi Williams added 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting, while grabbing six rebounds off the bench to lead OU.,The Sooners (5-9, 1-2 Big 12) trailed by as many 12 points midway through the third quarter, but rallied to make it a one-possession game in the final frame.,Back-to-back layups from Robertson and Tatum Veitenheimer capped a 12-2 run t hat cut the Texas (13-2, 3-0 Big 12) lead down to two points early in the fourth quarter, but the Sooners would miss their next seven shots to allow the Longhorns to stretch their lead.,Danni Williams hit three of Texas' four 3-pointers and finished with 11 points, while Jatarie White added 13 points and nine rebounds off the bench.,The Sooners used a pair of 3-pointers from Robertson and Williams in the first quarter to extend their lead.

For the Blue Jays, Mason Robison led with 22 points.,Josh Young led Salem with 14 points and Trey Double added 13 in defeat.,Logan Regal (13 points), Kyle Caracanas (12), and Aidan Ricks (11) were the other Wildcats in double figures.,Preston Reed added 14 points and Ryan Gordon and Riley Miller scored 11 and 10 points respectively for the Blue Devils.,How a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school girls basketball teams in the Associated Press polls, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses):

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— Oklahoma women's basketball fell for the first time in Big 12 play as Kansas State defeated the Sooners, 86-56, inside Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday.,OU was limited to a season-low .280 clip (14-of-50) from the field and finished 5-for-22 (.227) from deep, while K-State (10-4, 1-1 Big 12) finished with a .542 field goal percentage and was 11-of-23 (.478) from 3-point range.,OU fell down early to open the game, but brought the Kansas State advantage down to 15-13 late in the first quarter.,OU's 22 points in the first half were the fewest scored by the Sooners in a half this season.,The Wildcats won the battle in the paint, 36-12, and scored 32 points off of OU miscues.

Gortat had not played in the fourth quarter in the first 36 games of the season until the calendar turned, and he responded with his first double-double of the season when the Clippers extended their dominance of the Phoenix Suns with a 121-111 victory Friday night.,Danilo Gallinari and Lou Williams scored 21 points apiece and four other Clippers finished in double figures as they won their third straight against the Suns this season and their 11th straight in the series.,Suns center Deandre Ayton had four points, tying a season low set in the first game against the Clippers on Nov. 28.,They entered the game averaging a league-high 52.4 Williams and Harrell have not started a game this season, and Beverley flip-flopped with Avery Bradley on Nov. 20.,All average at least 25 minutes a game, and Williams (18.2) and Harrell (15.7) are the Clippers' third- and fourth-leading scorers.

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Carl Sadler scored 20 points, including five 3-pointers to lead East (1-9) to their first win of the season.,Milan Square scored a game high 30 points to lead Valley Christian.,Aiden Miller scored a game high 29 points, outdueling Ashton Zupanac of Grand Valley, who had 21.,Molly Howard led four players in double figures with 17 points and the Blue Devils (9-0, 7-0 Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference) outscored the Rockets 47-8 in Thursday’s first half.,Taylor Tuchek added 12 points and Sophia Costantino and Lusy Wolford each added 10 for McDonald, which held Lowellville scoreless in the second quarter.