The Oklahoma City Thunder dominated the Los Angeles Lakers 133-96 at the Staples Center. The big three were fantastic but it was Terence Ferguson who stole the show in the second half scoring 24 points and going 6-of-9 from three-point range.
Terence Ferguson was given the start against the Los Angeles Lakers after Andre Roberson missed again due to injury. Ferguson was phenomenal for the Thunder finishing with 24 points on 9-of-12 shots from the field at 75 percent while also shooting the lights out from three-point range shooting 6-of-9 at 66.7 percent. Ferguson came alive in the second half scoring all of his 24 points in the second half scoring 12 points in each quarter but it was the third quarter that Ferguson got hot from three scoring 4-of-6 in the third quarter. Ferguson has had a slow start to his career but coach Billy Donovan gave him an opportunity against the Lakers and he took it with both hands putting his name on the NBA map.
Terrance Ferguson has tied the Thunder rookie record, hitting six 3s tonight. Harden had it coming into tonight.
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) January 4, 2018
The Thunders big three looked dominant against the Lakers and they were also having fun while being so dominant and it showed through Russell Westbrook who was showcasing his handles making multiple Laker players look silly. Paul George and Carmelo Anthony were fantastic from the field with George shooting 64.3 percent and Anthony 57 percent have really found their shot in the past month as Westbrook has returned to his aggressive play style while also being incredibly smart with his shot selection. George and Anthony both shot 14 times from the field while Westbrook took 17 shots showing that the Thunder have clearly found their balance on the offensive side of the ball.
Paul George (13), Melo (9) and Westbrook (6) outscored LA 28-18. in the 2Q. Thunder had 37.
— Brett Dawson (@BDawsonWrites) January 4, 2018
The Thunder were terrific against the young Lakers shooting 56-of-93 from the field at 60.1 percent and 14-of-30 from three-point range shooting at 46.7 percent. The Thunders big three were terrific shooting a combined 27-of-45 from the field at 60 percent and 6-of-12 from three-point range at 50 percent. Terence Ferguson was also incredible shooting at 75 percent on 9-of-12 shots while shooting 66.7 percent from three. Earlier in the Thunders struggles, they couldn’t make shots but something happens in December and the Thunder figured things out and started hitting shots and their offense is looking fantastic hopefully it continues throughout 2018.
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) January 4, 2018
The Thunder did a terrific job of moving the ball around against the Lakers recording 25 assists with Russell Westbrook leading the way with 12. Raymond Felton did a fantastic job coming off the bench and giving the Thunder 10 assists and helped move the ball and keep the offense moving. Rookie Daniel Hamilton got some minutes in the fourth quarter and was able to also give the Thunder some great ball movement getting four assits by finding Dakari Johnson for some points in the paint. The Thunder have some great players that make great decisions and have the talent to make some fantastic passes and when they are moving the ball the offense looks lethal.
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