The Oklahoma City Thunder asserted their dominance over the Los Angeles Lakers and the rest of the Western conference tonight with the 122-105 win. Russell Westbrook was spectacular tonight and he was all over the place. Westbrook dropped 37 points, 10 rebounds in the win. The win moved Oklahoma City to a league best 40-3 when leading after three quarters. Oklahoma City jumped out to the 13-4 early in the game. It was rocking and rolling in the Chesapeake Energy Arena at that point. The Lakers tried to make a run, cutting the Thunder advantage down to 17-13 with 4:36 left in the first quarter. Something then clicked, and the thunder went on a 16-6 run over the next three minutes. The second quarter was much like the end of the first quarter, the Thunder pushed their lead up to as much as 14 points in the quarter, leading 46-32 over eight minutes to go in the quarter. Oklahoma City kept scoring buckets like crazy, and the Lakers could not stop them. Oklahoma City found themselves with 71 points at the end of the first half. The 71 points is a first half high for the Thunder. Leading by 16 points heading into the third quarter, the Lakers knew they had to make a run to get in the game, but Oklahoma City did just enough to hold the advantage at the end of the quarter. Kobe Bryant was a flash of his old self, as the Lakers helped cut the Thunder lead from 18 points down 9 points. Los Angeles even had a chance to get the score within one possession. That’s when Westbrook took over. Westbrook scored nine of the Thunder’s final 11 points in the quarter. It was almost a fight to the finish. Despite the Thunder leading by more than 13 points to start the quarter. Over the first six minutes of the quarter, the Lakers hit four three-pointers. Next thing the Thunder saw, the score was just 110-105 with 6:14 left in the game. The Lakers wouldn’t score again. Oklahoma City held the Lakers scoreless over the game’s final 6:14. Los Angeles went 0-of-10 in the final six minutes, including 0-of-4 from three-point range. While playing fantastic defense, The thunder found a way to score the games final 12 points, and giving themselves a comfortable cushion The Thunder took care of the ball, and tied an NBA record for the lowest turnovers a game by committing only two turnovers. The Thunder bench was very key in this game. Derek Fisher made his first basket as a member of this team today, he finished with 10 points. The Thunder finished with six players in double figures. Something about Reggie Jackson tonight, it was special. It was, how do you dare say, Harden-esque. His cuts to the basket, his slicing through the lane. His lack of defense at times. He had huge flashes of someone who could become the next explosive player for the Thunder, and it’ll be for cheap. Keys to the Game Turnovers: A+++ Oklahoma City tied an NBA record with the fewest turnovers in a regular season game. They took care of the ball, and both turnovers weren’t even because of the Lakers. Oklahoma City just destroyed the Lakers. Enough said. Get Clutch: A When the Lakers made their run. We knew they were going to make a run. Oklahoma City in the final five minutes is the best you can honestly ask for tonight. They shut out the lakers, literally. Three-Point Shooting: C We struggled tonight. Pretty Simple. Oklahoma City shot 8-of-23 for 34 percent. The Thunder were 3-of-11 in the second half. It seemed a lot of their shots were gambles and just settled shots. Gotta improve.
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