The Thunder trailed 30-18 after one quarter and played one of the worst first halves they have in awhile before coming back and beating the Los Angeles Lakers in Staples Center 102-93.
Russell Westbrook led the way with another hot second half scoring 36 points to go along with six assists and just one turnover. Westbrook scored 17 of his points in the third quarter where the Thunder outscored the Lakers 34-19.
Kevin Durant scored 21 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out five assists after a really tough start from the field. Durant missed his first eight shots of the game and was 5-for-16 at halftime.
The Lakers pounded the Thunder inside early on with Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum and the Thunder would respond with a little bit of the Lakers’ own medicine to fuel their comeback. Oklahoma City pulled down 19 offensive rebounds in the game and got another great performance from Kendrick Perkins who had 12 points and eight rebounds on the night.
The play from the Thunder big men these past few games can’t go unnoticed as they have been a huge reason for the team clicking on all cylinders during this five-game winning streak.
Early in the second quarter it would be Derek Fisher who provided the necessary lift on offense for the Thunder scoring seven points. Fisher played 11 minutes in the game and the Thunder were plus-13 during that time. Fisher also received a standing ovation when he checked in the game.
In the last meeting between these teams James Harden and Kobe Bryant were talking trash in the fourth quarter. Bryant again was dealing at the mouth tonight only to see the Thunder make him look like an old man. Bryant began covering Westbrook late in the third quarter with Westbrook getting hot from the floor only to have Westbrook blow by Bryant for an amazing buzzer-beater to end the third quarter.
Harden scored just nine points in the game and was held to under double-digit scoring for just the third time this season.
Westbrook has really been playing at a high level lately and at this rate has a legit chance to be considered a First Team All-NBA member once the season is over. He just looks so unstoppable at times and in a game like this against the Lakers when they had no one who could hold his jock, he really took over.
The Thunder (39-12) are off the next two nights and will play next at home against the Chicago Bulls (41-11) Sunday afternoon.