Okay, that’s more like it.
After the Lakers stunned the Thunder on Sunday by squeezing out a 114-110 win someway somehow, Oklahoma City completely flipped the script tonight.
The Thunder dominated the Lakers for all 48 minutes, 131-102, to advance to 48-17 behind 29 points and nine assists from Russell Westbrook. Serge Ibaka produced his third straight double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. For the Lakers, Jodie Meeks had 19 points and Pau Gasol went for 14 points, and six rebounds.
Oklahoma City shot 51% from the floor and 43% from deep, and out-rebounded the Lakers 60-37.
At the 9:30 mark of the fourth quarter, Kevin Durant made it 30 straight games where he has scored at least 25 or more points. Durant finished with 29 points(8-17 from the floor) to go along with three assists, and four rebounds in 30 minutes of play.
That is now five straight wins at home for Thunder, as Oklahoma City now advances to 48-17 on the season. However, the Thunder are still a half game back from San Antonio for the top spot in the West. The Spurs will play the Lakers tomorrow night at home, which won’t really help the Thunder. Nonetheless, Oklahoma City is 3-0 against the Spurs this season.
The Thunder will host the Mavs on Sunday night.
-The biggest surprise in this game was the fact that Jeremy Lamb played zero first half minutes. Why? Well, that’s a good question. We have heard nothing about an injury, or rest situation. Therefore, I am assuming there was a match-up issue of some sort. Bizarre and deviant to say the least.
-Durant picked up his fourth foul with 10:09 left to go in the third quarter.
-Andre Roberson is so active. He is involved in every play on both ends of the floor. Plus, he shut down Jodie Meeks tonight who finished with only 14 points.
-Russ had a sequence where he scored nine points in 53 seconds. Yes, you read that right.
-Ryan Kelley is going to be a solid player in this league. He has a great IQ for the game and is so smooth.
-Ibaka now has a double-double in his last five of eight games. Chris Webber on TNT said that he thinks Ibaka deserves the Most Improved Player award.
-Reggie Williams made his debut for Oklahoma City tonight to play the last five minutes.
-Caron Butler was solid tonight with 11 points and six rebounds.
-Every player scored for the Thunder tonight. How often does that happen?