Lakers' Russell Westbrook complains about Thunder player's late dunk, ejected from game

Lakers' Russell Westbrook complains about Thunder player's late dunk, ejected from game

October 28, 2021

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Los Angeles Lakers star Russell Westbrook was ejected from the team’s loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night after getting into the face of Darius Bazley with less than two seconds left.

As the Thunder were closing out the game, Bazley had stolen the pass and put the exclamation point on the victory with a ferocious dunk. Westbrook didn’t like that his opponent was showing him up and expended the rest of his energy getting into the face of Bazley.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Josh Giddey (3) and forward Kenrich Williams (34) break up Oklahoma City Thunder forward Darius Bazley (7) and Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, in Oklahoma City.
(AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Darius Bazley (7) goes against Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, in Oklahoma City. 
(AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)

“It’s a 48-minute game,” Bazley’s teammate Shai Gilgeous-Alexander said after the game. “Crazier things have happened. … So we knew it was possible. I myself have come back from a deficit almost that big, so I knew it was possible. Just stay the course. Every game, every moment for the whole season.”

Gilgeous-Alexander said after the game he didn’t think Bazley meant any harm.

The Lakers at one point had a 26-point lead and let it slip away. The team had 17 turnovers despite shooting 50% from the field.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) goes against Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley (20) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, in Oklahoma City.
(AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)

Oklahoma City won the game 123-115 for its first win of the season.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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