The Oklahoma City Thunder completed their 6-game road trip yesterday afternoon by losing to the Los Angeles Lakers 105-96.
The Thunder went 3-3 on this road trip and are now 34-11 on the year which puts them a half game behind the San Antonio Spurs for the best record in the NBA.
Kobe Bryant led the way for the Lakers with a near triple-double scoring 21 points to go along with 14 assists and nine rebounds.
Pau Gasol had 16 points, four rebounds and four assists off the bench. Dwight Howard had just eight points and 10 boards.
The Thunder shot just 4-for-16 from behind the arc and allowed the Lakers to hit 55.4 percent of their shots for the game.
The Thunder will get three days off now before playing the Memphis Grizzlies at home on Thursday night.
Here are the Game Grades:
Kevin Durant – 43 minutes, 35 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists – B+
The Thunder could not do without Durant yesterday. In the five minutes he sat, OKC was outscored by nine points and played LA even during his 43 minutes. KD went just 10-for-26 from the field and was visibly frustrated throughout the second half. Just two rebounds for Durant is never a good sign for the Thunder either.
Russell Westbrook – 39 minutes, 17 points, 13 assists, 9 rebounds – B
Look no further than Westbrook’s off shooting night as to why the Thunder lost the game. He went just 6-for-22 from the field as his jumper looked really flat all game long. Westbrook made up for it by dishing out 13 dimes and collecting nine boards but it wasn’t enough at the end of the day. The Thunder offense just becomes so much worse when he is missing that much.
Serge Ibaka – 35 minutes, 10 points, 6 rebounds, 4 blocks – B-
With Durant and Westbrook not shooting particularly well, the Thunder could have used a bigger game from Ibaka. He made half of his 10 shots and didn’t get to the line. The Thunder need their bigs to match LA’s in this matchup.
Kevin Martin – 19 minutes, 9 points, 3 rebounds – C+
Martin got just 19 minutes because Scott Brooks was going with bigger lineups featuring Thabo Sefolosha to guard Kobe. Therefore Martin didn’t have much of an impact in the game. The Thunder could have used more from him and probably should have tried Durant at the four more often so Martin could get out there.
Kendrick Perkins – 28 minutes, 10 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists – A+
Give Perkins a lot of credit for playing a fantastic game yesterday. He’s actually been knocking down jumpers recently and finishing better at the rim. The defense is always there too.
Thabo Sefolosha – 34 minutes, 7 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals – B
Sefolosha played good defense on Kobe, who just decided to play the distributor role yesterday instead of trying to score. Sefolosha made just 1-of-3 from downtown and didn’t do much else on offense.
Nick Collison – 21 minutes, 4 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist – B
Collison was very solid while he was out there getting boards and playing defense. He knocked down a jumper from the baseline which was nice. Whenever he is knocking down jumpers, it’s gravy for the Thunder second unit.
Reggie Jackson – 9 minutes, 2 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound – B
Jackson has been playing his role pretty perfectly of late. His one bucket yesterday was a nice transition finish over a defender. He’s starting to pick up more assists too and had a very nice drive and kick to Ibaka for a jumper.
Hasheem Thabeet – 6 minutes, 2 points, 1 rebound – B
Thabeet had a very nice bucket in the game but was not needed that much since Howard didn’t play a whole lot.
DeAndre Liggins – 5 minutes, 0 points, 1 steal, 1 block – B
No shot attempts from Liggins but of course the little things show up in his box score.