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Carmelo Anthony air ball’s game-tying shot in Lakers 123-115 loss to Thunder (Video)

Written by Doug Rush

Carmelo Anthony air ball’s the game-tying shot in the Los Angeles Lakers 123-115 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder (Video)

In their return to Oklahoma City, both Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony didn’t have the kind of ending to the game they had hoped for.

For Westbrook, who had a triple-double with 20 points, 14 points and 13 assists, ended up being ejected for a second technical foul near the end of the game.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, the Lakers blew a 41-19 first quarter lead and a 72-56 lead in the second half. Yet, with the Lakers trailing by three, Anthony intercepted an inbounds pass and had a chance to make the game-tying shot that could have sent the game into overtime.

Unfortunately for Melo, the shot wasn’t even close.

Anthony struggled in his return to OKC, as he scored just 13 points, shooting 5-of-14 from the floor and 1-for-8 from three point territory.

The Lakers were without LeBron James, who missed his second straight game with an ankle injury. The 2-3 Lakers will head home for a four-game home stint at The Staples Center and will face LeBron’s old team, the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.

About the author

Doug Rush

Doug Rush is entering his 18th season as a writer. His career dates back to when he was with The Asbury Park Press covering high school football, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Lakewood Blueclaws.


In 2009, he joined Bleacher Report, covering the New York Yankees and New York Giants, amassing over 2 million reader views.


After 2013, he left B/R to join Sports Media 101 to cover the Yankees and Giants. While with Sports Media 101, Rush was named to the Pro Football Writers Association of America. He was there until July of 2016.

In January of 2018, Rush joined USA Today as part of the Giants Wire staff to cover the Giants. He is still currently with them, as he does weekly analysis for them during the season.


In September of 2021, Rush joined Pro Sports Extra, where he will be covering MLB, the NFL, NBA, WWE and AEW.


Doug is from Toms River, New Jersey where he has two children, Carson and Peyton.