Thunder Leave Lakers in the Dust
The Oklahoma City Thunder set a season-high for points in a game in a 122-97 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night at Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City.
The Thunder scored a season high 66 points in the first half, leading by 15 at halftime, and led by as many as 30 points on their way to their fifth straight win.
Kevin Durant led all scorers with 31 points and added 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals.
Durant hit 10 of 13 shots from the field.
Russell Westbrook once again nearly had a triple double, with 19 points, 12 assists, and 8 rebounds.
Serge Ibaka also had a double-double, with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Two Thunder reserves scored in double figures, with Reggie Jackson tallying 14 and Jeremy Lamb 11.
The Thunder forced 19 Laker turnovers, seven of those by Kobe Bryant, who was held to just four points on 2-of-6 shooting.
Bryant did have 13 assists, but was clearly still not 100% as he returns from an achilles injury from last season.
This was just Bryant’s third game back.
Putnam City High School product Xavier Henry led the Lakers with 15 points.
The Thunder are now 18-4 overall, 11-0 at home, and have won 13 of their last 14 games.
OKC will host Orlando on Sunday night at 6:00.