Lakers Gameday

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OKC Thunder

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Tip-Off: 12:30PM PST

Sunday, March 9, 2014

STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

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Meeks Powers Lakers Past Durant, Thunder 114-110

By NBA on Sunday, March 9, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) Jodie Meeks scored 24 of his career-high 42 points in the second half, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat Oklahoma City 114-110 on Sunday despite a triple-double by Thunder star Kevin Durant.

Pau Gasol added 20 points and 11 rebounds for the injury-ravaged Lakers, who had lost 29 of their previous 37 games. Meeks was 11 of 18 from the field and 14 for 14 at the line while becoming the third player to reach the 30-point mark this season for Los Angeles.

Meeks is averaging 19.2 points in 11 games since returning from a sprained right ankle. Before the injury, he was averaging 14.4.

Durant had 27 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists for his third triple-double this season. Serge Ibaka had 21 points and 15 boards for Oklahoma City.

The Thunder (46-17) began the day in a three-way tie with San Antonio and Indiana for the NBA's best record. The Pacers played at Dallas on Sunday night and the Spurs were idle.

After giving up an average of 136 points over their previous three games while losing to New Orleans, the Clippers and Denver, the Lakers trailed the Thunder by as many as 18 in the second quarter before taking their first lead on a pair of free throws by Meeks that made it 71-70 with 4:35 left in the third.

The Thunder are 3-5 since beating the Lakers 107-103 at Staples Center on Feb. 13 behind 43 points by Durant, who is vying for his fourth scoring title in five seasons.

The Lakers took a 12-point lead into the fourth quarter and increased it to 95-77 on Jordan Farmar's 3-pointer with 9:42 remaining. Durant then fueled a 20-7 run with 10 points and former Laker Derek Fisher capper the rally with back-to-back 3s 24 seconds apart, pulling the Thunder to 102-97 with 4:36 to play.

Russell Westbrook, who had 20 points, seven rebounds and eight assists for the Thunder, narrowed the gap to 110-107 on a driving dunk with 57.3 seconds on the clock. But he missed everything on another 3-point try 24 seconds later and newly acquired Kent Bazemore helped put it away with a driving layup - two of his seven points in the final 2:02.

Ibaka paced Oklahoma City to a 56-51 halftime advantage with 14 points, while the Thunder held the Lakers to 37.8-percent shooting and outrebounded them 37-18.

Durant's four-point play with 9.4 seconds left in the first quarter gave the defending Northwest Division leaders a 35-26 lead, which they increased to 44-26 on Reggie Jackson's layup with 9:41 left in the half. The Lakers sliced the deficit to 51-49 with a 21-5 run fueled by 10 points from Meeks and capped by Gasol's layup 1:25 before intermission.

NOTES: Nick Young had 31 points for Los Angeles in an overtime loss at Chicago on Jan. 20, and Farmar scored a career-high 30 on Feb. 28 in a home win against Sacramento. ... Durant has scored 25 or more points in 28 consecutive games - one shy of his career-best streak, which occurred in 2009-10. No other NBA player has had a longer streak of 25-point games in the last 25 years. ... Fisher, second on the Lakers' career list for 3-pointers behind Kobe Bryant, shot 51.3 percent (39 for 76) from behind the arc in his previous 22 games before going 2 for 4 Sunday. ... This was the first game of the Lakers' home-and-home set against Oklahoma City, which will be followed by a home-and-home set against the Spurs. ... Lakers point guard Kendall Marshall played 27 scoreless minutes - the fifth time in eight games that he has failed to score. ... The Lakers have trailed after three quarters in 47 of their 64 games.

Game Notes

All-Time Series Notes: The Lakers trail the 2013-14 series 0-2 and lost the 2012-13 season series with the Thunder 1-3... 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 230 times in the regular season but just 19 times (10-9) 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 15-9 in their last 24 regular season games against Oklahoma City ... At home, the Lakers have gone 5-5 in their last 10 games against the Thunder ... The Lakers are 17-12 all-time against Oklahoma City at STAPLES Center ... On the road against the Thunder, the Lakers have gone 5-5 in their last 10 overall ... The Lakers have now played 11 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 4-5 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… 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 … Thunder assistant coach Robert Pack coached Lakers G Nick Young with the Los Angeles
Clippers for the 2012 season … 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.

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