Tip-Off: 6:30PM PST
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
Westbrook, Durant Lead Thunder Past Lakers
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant scored 29 points apiece, and the Oklahoma City Thunder avenged Sunday's surprising loss to the Los Angeles Lakers by rolling past them 131-102 Thursday night.
Westbrook shot poorly against Lakers on Sunday, but he made 9 of 17 shots and had nine assists in 23 minutes in the rematch.
Serge Ibaka added 15 points, 13 rebounds and a season-high seven blocks for the Thunder, who won their second straight and climbed within half a game of San Antonio for the top record in the Western Conference.
Lakers guard Jodie Meeks, who scored a career-high 42 points on Sunday, was held to 19 on 6-for-15 shooting. Kent Bazemore scored 16 points and Pau Gasol added 14 for the Lakers.
Los Angeles allowed at least 131 points for the fourth time in five games.
The Lakers trimmed an 18-point deficit to 11 in the second quarter before Westbrook returned from a brief rest to ignite an 13-1 run that gave the Thunder a 52-29 lead.
Oklahoma City led 60-46 at halftime. Westbrook had 14 points and six assists in 15 minutes and Durant had 13 points. The Thunder outrebounded the Lakers 33-16 in the first half and held them to 37 percent shooting.
Durant, who rarely gets into foul trouble, picked up his fourth with 10:16 left in the third quarter. Ryan Kelly hit a 3-pointer with 7:30 left in the period to cut Oklahoma City's lead to 69-58, causing the Thunder to call a timeout. Oklahoma City's Caron Butler hit a 3-pointer right out of the short break and Ibaka followed with a midrange jumper to boost the advantage to 16 points. Westbrook drained a 3-pointer to push Oklahoma City's lead to 23 midway through the quarter, and Westbrook wore a broad smile as the Lakers called timeout. By the time Durant re-entered the game, Oklahoma City led 90-68.
In the final seconds of the third quarter, Ibaka swatted a shot by Xavier Henry and the Thunder rebounded. Butler hit a 3-pointer in the final second of the period to push Oklahoma City's lead to 101-77.
NOTES: Thunder G Andre Roberson, who has spent much of the season in the D-League, got his fifth start. ... Westbrook scored nine points in the first four minutes, including a dunk to start the game. ... The Thunder shot 57 percent in the first quarter and led 33-19 at the end of the period. The Lakers shot just 31 percent in the first 12 minutes. ... Butler had 11 points and six rebounds on his 34th birthday. ... Durant was issued a technical foul with 23 seconds left in the first half.
All-Time Series Notes: The Lakers trail the 2013-14 series 1-2 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 231 times in the
regular season but just 20 times (11-9) 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 16-9 in their last 25 regular season games against
Oklahoma City ... At home, the Lakers have gone 3-7 in their last 10 games against the
Thunder ... The Lakers are 18-12 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 12 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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|Kendall Marshall||g||Russell Westbrook|
|Jodie Meeks||g||Perry Jones|
|Pau Gasol||c||Steven Adams|
|Wesley Johnson||f||Serge Ibaka|
|Kent Bazemore||f||Kevin Durant|
Injury Report - LAKERS
- Kobe Bryant:
(fractured left knee) is out
- Steve Nash:
(nerve root irritation) is out
- Nick Young:
(sore knee) is questionable
- Jordan Hill:
(knee) is questionable
Injury Report - THUNDER
- Thabo Sefolosha:
(calf) is out
- Kendrick Perkins:
(groin) is out
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