Wesley Johnson, Chris Kaman, Ryan Kelly
|W. Johnson||SF||K. Durant|
|J. Hill||PF||S. Ibaka|
|Pau Gasol||C||K. Perkins|
|J. Meeks||SG||A. Roberson|
|K. Bryant||PG||R. Westbrook|
Steve BLake: Elbow Out
S. Nash: Back Out
Jordan Farmar: Hamstring Out
S. Adams: Ankle Questionable
T. Sefalosha: Knee Questionable
Thunder Pound Lakers
By Murray Evans
December 13, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Kevin Durant scored 31 points, Russell Westbrook added 19 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds and the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled to a 122-97 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.
Serge Ibaka added 19 points and 10 rebounds for his 11th double-double of the season and Reggie Jackson also scored 19 for Oklahoma City, which has won five straight and 13 of its past 14 games. The Thunder are unbeaten in 11 home games this season and have won four straight at home over the Lakers.
Los Angeles has lost all three games since the return of Kobe Bryant from a torn Achilles tendon. Bryant had 13 assists - just two shy of his career high - but showed little of his trademark offensive ability, finishing with four points on 2-of-6 shooting.
He played 23 minutes and sat out the fourth quarter with the game out of hand. Nick Young led the Lakers with 17 points. Xavier Henry, playing in his hometown, scored 15 points for Los Angeles while Pau Gasol had 14 points and seven rebounds.
Oklahoma City made quick work of the Lakers, setting season highs with 38 points in the first quarter and 66 points in the first half. Oklahoma City's lead was mostly in double digits from the three-minute mark of the first quarter on.
The Lakers played without three injured point guards - Steve Nash, Jordan Farmar and Steve Blake - forcing Bryant into the position even as he works his way back from his injury. Los Angeles committed 19 turnovers, including seven by Bryant.
Los Angeles jumped to a quick 13-7 lead and briefly looked as if it might stay with the Thunder, but Durant exited a timeout with a dunk and a 16-foot jumper to ignite an 18-3 run that put Oklahoma City in control.
A 10-0 run by the Lakers early in the second quarter pulled them within 44-38, but Oklahoma City answered with a 12-0 spurt and the lead remained in double digits the rest of the way. The Thunder led 66-51 at halftime.
On the Lakers' first two possessions, Bryant was tied up by Oklahoma City rookie Andre Roberson, then had the ball stolen by Westbrook. Bryant didn't take a shot until making a steal that led to a breakaway with 3:50 left in the first quarter, but he eschewed dunking the ball, instead laying it off the backboard.
Bryant went 2 of 2 from the field in the first half and was a bit more aggressive after halftime, but missed all four of his shots. It was his second single-digit scoring outing since returning from his injury on Sunday.
Westbrook's double-double was his fifth of the season. Durant finished 10 of 13 from the field and added eight rebounds, five assists and four steals for Oklahoma City, while Ibaka went 8 of 13. Oklahoma City, which entered the game second in the NBA in rebounding, posted a 59-41 advantage over Los Angeles.
Wesley Johnson added 13 points for Los Angeles.
NOTES: After missing three games with back spasms, Lakers C Chris Kaman suited up Friday and entered the game at the start of the fourth quarter. He finished with nine points. ... Thunder G Thabo Sefolosha missed his third straight game with a sprained right knee. The team said he remains day to day. ... Young received a technical foul from official David Guthrie early in the second quarter after complaining following a 3-pointer by Oklahoma City's Jeremy Lamb. ... Oklahoma City recorded its 99th straight regular-season sellout at Chesapeake Energy Arena. ... Jackson has hit at least one 3-pointer in 10 straight games for Oklahoma City. ... Lakers C Robert Sacre grabbed a career-high eight rebounds.
All-Time Series Notes: The Lakers lost the 2012-13 season series with the Thunder 1-3. In 2011-12, the Lakers dropped the season series with Oklahoma City 1-2 ... Prior to the 2011-12 campaign, the Lakers had taken six straight season series from Oklahoma City, going 2-1 against the Thunder in 2010-11 and 3-1 in 2009-10, sweeping 2008-09 (3-0) and 2007-08 (4-0) and taking 2006-07 (3-1) and 2005-06 (2-1) ... In 2012, the Thunder defeated the Lakers in the Western Conference Semifinals in five games (4-1) ... The two teams also met in the First Round of the 2010 NBA Playoffs, with the Lakers advancing past the Thunder in six games (4- 2) ... The two teams have met 228 times in the regular season but just 17 times (10-7) since the Thunder relocated to Oklahoma City prior to the 2008-09 season ... The Lakers 75-91 loss 3/26/10 at Oklahoma City snapped their 12-game win streak over the Thunder and marked their first loss to the Thunder since the team’s relocation from Seattle ... The Lakers are 15-7 in their last 22 regular season games against Oklahoma City ... At home, the Lakers have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games against the Thunder ... The Lakers are 17-11 all-time against Oklahoma City at STAPLES Center ... On the road against the Thunder, the Lakers have gone 7-3 in their last 10 overall ... The Lakers have now played ten times during the regular season at Oklahoma City Arena in Oklahoma City, going 0-2 against the New Orleans Hornets while the team was temporarily relocated from 2005-07 and 4-3 against the Thunder ... In 2006-07, Lakers G Kobe Bryant established a Lakers series record with 46 points 4/6/07 at KeyArena only to surpass it nine days later with 50 points 4/15/07 at home against the then Sonics ... In those games, he surpassed the old mark of 45 points Jerry West established in 1970 and Bryant himself matched in January of 2003.
Connections: Thunder G Russell Westbrook played collegiately at UCLA and in high school at Leuzinger (Lawndale, CA), while Thunder head coach Scott Brooks also played locally prior to his NBA career at UC-Irvine ... Thunder G Derek Fisher played 12+ seasons with the Lakers, winning five championships during his tenure ... In 915 career regular season games, Fisher averaged 7.9 points, 2.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.06 stealsin 25.4 minutes while in 193 postseason games, averaged 8.8 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.13 steals in 28.0 minutes ... Fisher ranks 5th in games played, 9th in minutes, 7th in steals, 2nd in 3-point field goals made and attempted and 9th in 3-point field goal percentage in regular season franchise history … Lakers G Nick Young was a member of the Los Angeles Clippers in 2012 along with Thunder F Ryan Gomes ... Thunder assistant coach Robert Pack coached Young with the Los Angeles Clippers for the 2012 season … Gomes and Lakers C Chris Kaman were teammates on the Clippers during the 2010-11 season … Gomes was teammates with Lakers assistant coach Mark Madsen on the Minnesota Timberwolves during the 2007-08 and 08-09 seasons … Lakers assistant coach Kurt Rambis coached Gomes on the Timberwolves in 2009-10 … Oklahoma City guard Jeremy Lamb and Lakers guard Jodie Meeks both attended Norcross H.S. (Ga.) … Oklahoma City C Hasheem Thabeet played with Lakers G Xavier Henry on the Memphis Grizzlies during the 2010-11 season … Thabeet and Henry were coached by current Lakers assistant Johnny Davis, who was then an assistant on the Grizzlies … Oklahoma City assistant coach Rex Kalamian was an assistant with Davis on the Minnesota Timberwolves during the 2005-06 season … Oklahoma City assistant coach Mark Bryant played with Lakers G Steve Nash on the Phoenix Suns during the 1996-97 and 97-98 seasons, and together on the Dallas Mavericks during the 2000-01 season … Nash also played with Oklahoma City assistant coach Pack on the Mavericks during the 1998-99 and 99-00 seasons.