Tonight, it was the Kevin Durant show. Durant led the Oklahoma City Thunder in a BLOWOUT win over the Los Angeles Lakers 115-101. Oklahoma City used a stretch in the second quarter to pull away, and never looked back. The Lakers had no answer for Durant as he dropped 42 points toinght. Could’ve scored more points, but sat for the majority of the fourth quarter. Oklahoma City improved to 28-8 on the season. They now sit in a tie for first place in the Western Conference. They do hold the tie breaker over the Clippers for the first seed.
Durant dropped nine in the first quarter, took a break, then dropped 16 in the second quarter. Event he wide open three at the end of the quarter. He nailed it wide open. Oklahoma City had a 16-point lead going into the break. He then dropped 17 in the second half, giving him a game high of 42 points.
Oklahoma City came out, and were nailing shots early. Kendrick Perkins even scored early on, and didn’t play much defense though. He allowed rookie Robert Sacre to score four points in the quarter. Oklahoma City grabbed the lead back from Los Angeles with 5:49 left in the first quarter at 13-12, and really didn’t look back for awile. The Thunder jumped on a 12-2 run over the next three minutes to really extend their lead to 25-14.
Then it became the Earl Clark show. He was dominate over the next three minutes, and helped fuel a Lakers run of 11-0 to close the first quarter. Clark was able to help have defense and score points. The Thunder did not have an answer for Clark in the first quarter.
It was a tight battle early on in the second quarter. Then Durant checked back into the game. Durant was 6-of-8 in the second quarter, and was really unstoppable. The climax of his quarter came with :02 left on the clock. The Lakers guessed bad on a screen and that left Durant wide open for the three. That pushed the lead up to 16 points.
It was a close game in the second quarter though. Lakers had cut the lead to 40-37 with 6:29 left in the quarter. Oklahoma City then outscored the Lakers 24-11 down the stretch. Oklahoma City shot 69 percent in the second quarter, while holding the Lakers to 36.4 percent.
The only real dark spot for the Thunder was the free throw shooting. Coming into the game, the Thunder were the league’s best free throw shooting team. However, in teh first half, Oklahoma City missed seven of 14 attempts in the half, including missing six in the second quarter alone.
Hard to leave out the rest of the team in this Durant showcase. Westbrook had yet another double-double 27 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds. He played great, especially in the second half when the Thunder made their run. Kevin Martin also dropped 15 points, including three three-pointers tonight.
The KD show continued in the third quarter. It was impressive in the third quarter. Durant nailed his first three three-pointers, and nailed his free throws. next then you know, Durant had 15 points in the quarter. The Lakers, however, had zero answers for anything the Thunder brought to the table in the quarter. Oklahoma City led by as many as 25 points in the quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Lakers tried to make a run, cutting the lead to 18 points at 99-81. Yet, Russell Westbrook and Durant decided it was all over. Oklahoma City scored four quick straight points and that was that. the Thunder pushed the lead back out to over 20 points, and the Lakers went off and cried in the corner.
Keys to the Game
Thunder Defense: A
From the tip, Oklahoma City played great defense. There was a two minute stretch going at the end of the first quarter, but the rest was golden. Oklahoma City just ate the Lakers up all night. They forced Los Angeles to under 40 percent shooting. and 12 turnovers. Oklahoma City was just so feisty defensively.
Meh, a lot of the turnovers came in the second half. It was a sloppy half, and Oklahoma City was up big, and not really paying much attention. The Thunder probably could have done better, but for what was the score, the turnovers could have been expected.
Oklahoma City dominated the rebounding. They did allow 16 offensive rebounds. Yet, they limited the Lakers to just 12 second chance points. That’s really impressive. That goes back to the first key to the game, defense. Oklahoma City’s defense was really good. Therefore, the rebounding was very solid. They all go hand in hand.