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OKC crush Lakers, home streak grows to 11 in a row

Chuck Chaney December 13, 2013 1 Comment
Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

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The Oklahoma City Thunder trailed 13-7 with 7:35 left in the first quarter and coach Scott Brooks called a timeout, giving Oklahoma City a breather.

He lit into his team.

The Thunder responded by closing out the quarter on a 29-9 run throughout the first quarter. All of a sudden, the Thunder held a 36-22 lead with 1:36 left in the first quarter. Kevin Durant had 12 first quarter points, and the Lakers never were in the game again.

Oklahoma City Thunder dominated and won 122-97 over the Los Angeles Lakers, who’ve now lost three in a row. It was the 11th straight home victory to start the season, one shy of tying a franchise record. The 122 points is a season high for Oklahoma City.

Durant finished with 31 points on 10-of-13 shooting, including eight rebounds and five assists.

Russell Westbrook did his best and dropped 19 points, 12 assists, and eight rebounds in his fourth straight game that pushed into a triple-double.

It was just an efficient scoring for the Thunder all night. The Lakers (10-12) made a 10-0 run, cutting the Thunder’s lead to 46-38 with 8:41 left in the second quarter. That’s when the Thunder used Durant to score seven of 10 as the Thunder use d a 10-0 run of their own to push the lead up to 56-38 with 5:18 left until halftime.

The second half was much more of the same for the Thunder (18-4). They came out and dropped a couple of quick buckets and limited some Kobe Bryant. Funny stat for you all: Kendrick Perkins six points, Kobe Bryant four points.

Serge Ibaka contributed two free throws in the third quarter to give Oklahoma City the 89-66 lead with 3:05 left in the quarter. To that point it was the largest lead for the Thunder. Ibaka finished with a quiet 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting, grabbing 10 boards and had a steal.

Oklahoma City’s bench was great again, they had 45 points, a lot of it in mop up time as the starters sat the fourth quarter. Reggie Jackson had 19 points on 7-of-18 shooting, four assists and five rebounds. Jeremy Lamb hit 11 points for Oklahoma City tonight.

The 34 assists on 47 made baskets, is the second highest in Oklahoma City history. Previous high was 36 assists against the Clippers on April 15, 2009.

Keys to the Game

Score Points: A+
From the first quarter to the last quarter, the Oklahoma City Thunder dominated and scored at will. They dropped 122 points, a season high. It’s the highest point total for the Thunder since the last time Oklahoma City played the Lakers. It was a great, efficient night for the boys in blue.

Start Strong: A+
38 first quarter points. That’s pretty solid. A 20 point lead after three quarters? I think Oklahoma City did a great job starting strong. The Thunder might have struggled immediately out of the gate, but never really had a problem after that moment though. Great job, Thunder

Attack Russell: A+
Yep, Russell Westbrook loves putting it to the Lakers. Oklahoma City loved his 19 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds. He did all that in just 30 minutes of burn. The two-time All-Star point guard really had no trouble, offensively or defensively. He also had two steals.

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