Player Grades: Thunder blow out Lakers for second time this season

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CHARLOTTE, NC – JANUARY 13: Russell Westbrook #0 of the OKC Thunder reacts before their game against the Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Center on January 13, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The OKC Thunder repeat history as they dismantle the young LA Lakers once again. Take that Mychal Thompson.

It was a feel good evening in Oklahoma City tonight. After a recent string of bad performances, tonight’s victory over the visiting Lakers has to feel good for this team. Yes, LA is not one of the better teams in the league, but a double-digit win is a welcomed thing for the OKC Thunder nowadays.

Where this game was truly won was on the offensive glass and second chance points. The Thunder out-rebounded the Lakers 54-30, winning on the offensive glass alone 21-6. Steven Adams was an absolute monster as he lead the charge for this team tonight with his strong post presence.

Another big takeaway from this game is the fact that Oklahoma City actually took care of business and demolished a team they were supposed to. This Thunder team has dropped a lot of games they shouldn’t have this year (Nets, Kings, Knicks, etc.), so a win here should actually build confidence for this squad.

Lonzo Ball was out for this matchup, which is too bad. It would have been fun to see Russell Westbrook teach the rookie a few things. Maybe next time.

All jokes aside, let’s mosey our way to our player grades.

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