OKLAHOMA CITY >> The cast of characters has changed on the court and behind the scenes. But Magic Johnson’s arrival does not mean the Lakers will show much on-court magic just yet.Johnson witnessed the Lakers experience a 110-93 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday at Chesapeake Energy Arena because of season-long issues.Thunder guard Russell Westbrook may have reminded Johnson of himself. Despite shooting only 4 for 18 from the field, Westbrook (8 for 9 from the foul line) posted his 28th triple-double of the season and second against the Lakers with 17 points, 18 rebounds and 17 assists. Westbrook, Johnson and Rajon Rondo are the only three NBA players in the last 40 years to log at least 17 points, 17 rebounds and 17 assists in a game.Meanwhile, the Lakers struggled once again from the field (40 of 101), from 3-point range (7 of 35) and in the third quarter (Lakers were outscored 28-19). AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Obviously it sucks to lose,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “But there was good building going on with that.”The Lakers were expected to endure more short-term pain even after they shuffled their front office earlier this week with an eye toward the future. Johnson and Walton saw just that as the Lakers (19-40) lost their third consecutive game. But Walton also saw “a lot of really good things” that left him encouraged about the team’s long-term development.Walton followed through on his pledge to lean more on his young group after trading high-scoring sixth man Lou Williams to Houston this week for a first-round pick and Corey Brewer.Despite shooting only 3 for 12 from 3-point range, Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell scored a team-leading 29 points on 12-of-26 shooting with six assists, four rebounds and a career-high four steals in 35 minutes.Though he believed Russell forced shots at times, Walton also saw Russell showing some “really good moments” in both showing vocal leadership and leading a late fourth-quarter charge that cut a 20-point deficit to single digits with 4:18 remaining. “My teammates did a great job of finding me. But I’m definitely trying to find ways to be aggressive,” Russell said. “I just spoke on what I saw. Guys did the same with me. They spoke on what they saw on what I could’ve done better at or what I could’ve done in certain aspects. I try to do my best.”With Williams no longer there to share ball-handling duties and shots, Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson appeared more assertive and comfortable with 14 points, five assists and five rebounds, though he was just 6 for 17 from the field.Walton liked Clarkson’s defensive effort on Westbrook despite his numbers, noting “that’s what you do on superstars, you make it hard on him.” Meanwhile, Clarkson admitted Williams’ absence made him feel less inclined to shoot on almost every possession.“I just try not to force stuff knowing the ball is going to come back,” Clarkson said. “I was trying to look for my teammates, trying to make plays and when the shots come, you just take them.”Lakers forward Julius Randle had his 12th double-double of the season (13 points, 11 rebounds) despite committing five fouls. Walton liked the decision making from rookie forward Brandon Ingram, who had 11 points, five rebounds and four assists in 39 minutes, including all of the first quarter. Lakers reserve forward Larry Nance Jr. had a season-high 12 rebounds. Rookie center Ivica Zubac had 11 points and six rebounds, while pleasing Walton with his defense on Thunder center Enes Kanter (four points on 2-of-12 shooting).Those developments did not make Walton bear a smile as wide as Johnson’s. But Walton still talked with his players more about their positive developments than their negative ones. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
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How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Chester committed his future to Villa 3 Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS who plays? Grealish is heavily-linked with a move away possible standings Villa start their Championship campaign on Monday at Chester’s former club Hull, with manager Steve Bruce having been given the full support of the new owners.Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry had been linked with the position following his role as assistant coach with World Cup semi-finalists Belgium.“It’s wonderful that the manager is staying,” Chester said.“There’s not many people better qualified than him to be in charge of such a big club as Aston Villa.“I’ve played for him for a long time at Villa and Hull and I’ve enjoyed my time under him.“I’m delighted that the new owners see him as our manager and there’s a nice buzz around the club.“It’s not ideal when you’re coming into pre-season and reading that the club is in trouble, but the most important thing is we’ve found owners who can take us forward.” Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener “I think Jack is the most talented player at the club and deserves to be playing at the very top of the game,” Chester said.“People forget he is still very young, but we know Villa will be a real threat to anyone in the division if he stays.“It would be sad to see him go and I don’t know if he will now that the ownership of the club has changed.“But I don’t think anyone should hold it against him if he ends up going to a top Premier League club.”The future of Wales international Chester was in doubt this summer as Villa’s financial plight became evident following their defeat to Fulham in the Championship play-off final in May.Stoke reportedly made a £10million bid for the central defender who impressed for Villa last season alongside former England captain John Terry. highlights NEW ERA James Chester has committed his future to Aston Villa but says team-mate Jack Grealish should not be criticised if he leaves for the Premier League.England Under-21 forward Grealish has been a long-time Tottenham target and the 22-year-old could move to north London before the transfer deadline next week. How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? ALTERED But businessmen Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens have since bought a 55 per cent stake from former owner Tony Xia, and Chester insists his future lies at Villa Park.“I was aware there was interest (from Stoke),” said Chester, 29, speaking at the launch of McDonald’s UK’s new football sponsorship programme in Finchley.“People obviously knew there was a problem at Villa and it was inevitable that players would have to leave unless new owners could be found.“But I certainly did not want to leave. I have loved my time here and I wanted it to continue.“Nothing was accepted and I never had to make a decision about whether my time at Villa was over.” possible xi 3 gameday Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes smart causal Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Bruce has been given the club’s backing 3