Point guard Lonzo Ball and center Brook Lopez have been cleared to practice and are listed as questionable for the Los Angeles Lakers’ game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night.
Ball (bruised left shoulder) and Lopez (sprained right ankle) were cleared to practice after the Lakers re-evaluated their injuries Tuesday. The Lakers were off and won’t practice again until Thursday, but Ball and Lopez could always go through a workout at Wednesday morning’s shootaround.
Lopez has been out since Dec. 18, missing eight games. The Lakers lost seven of those games.
Ball is averaging 10 points, 7.1 assists and 6.9 rebounds. Lopez is averaging 12.8 points and 4.3 rebounds.
The Raptors won 131-127 in overtime.
DeRozan was perhaps inspired by some other basketball history. He said he spent some time earlier in the day watching the final few minutes of Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals, in which Hall of Famer Michael Jordan beat the Utah Jazz with a late jump shot, giving the Chicago Bulls their sixth title in eight seasons.
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I remember being a kid and wishing to be in moments like that, DeRozan said. When you come out here and you’re in those moments, you’ve got to make the best out of them.
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DeRozan is the third player in Raptors history to score 50 or more points in a game. The others are Vince Carter and Terrence Ross, who shared the previous franchise mark of 51.
Current teammate Jonas Valanciunas interrupted DeRozan’s postgame scrum by standing behind him and holding up a hand-lettered sign reading 52.
DeRozan’s 52 points were also a new personal best, surpassing the 45-point game he had earlier this season against the Philadelphia 76ers.