This was quite possibly the worst loss of the season for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Facing a Los Angeles Lakers squad that had given up 130-plus points in each of their last three games, the Thunder lost 114-110 Sunday afternoon at the Staples Center.
The Thunder led by as many as 16 points in the first half, but then allowed the Lakers back in the game after starting to turn the ball over a lot and giving a poor effort defensively.
The Lakers, led by Jodie Meeks, who scored a career-high 42 points in the game, went up by as many as 18 in the fourth quarter.
The Thunder did make a strong comeback late, and cut the deficit to three after an insane coast-to-coast dunk by Russell Westbrook with 57 seconds left.
With 15 seconds left, Kent Bazemore drove past Kevin Durant for a layup to give the Lakers a five-point lead that they would hang on to.
Durant had a triple-double, which he got to during the third quarter. He finished with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. He missed four of his 11 free throws though and also went 4-for-11 from the three-point line.
Westbrook was bad for most of the game until he came through with some huge possessions in the fourth. He finished with 20 points and eight assists in 31 minutes. He shot 7-for-23 from the field and was 2-for-10 from three and had eight turnovers.
Serge Ibaka went for 21 points and 15 rebounds, eight of which were offensive. Reggie Jackson was solid shooting the ball as he chipped in with 14 off the bench.
The Lakers made 13-of-31 three-pointers and made 11 more free throws than the Thunder. OKC had 19 offensive rebounds to just one for LA.
The Thunder fall a half game behind the Spurs in the standings after the loss.
The Thunder will get another shot vs. the Lakers at home on Thursday. But first, OKC will host the Houston Rockets Tuesday night.
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