Thunder gets revenge for surprising loss to Lakers
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.
The Associated Press
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Lakers caught the Thunder by surprise Sunday.
Los Angeles had no such luck in the rematch. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant scored 29 points apiece, and Oklahoma City avenged Sunday’s surprising loss to the Lakers by rolling past them 131-102 Thursday night.
Lakers guard Jodie Meeks, who scored a career-high 42 points on Sunday, was held to 19 on 6-for-15 shooting. Westbrook said the Thunder didn’t pay extra attention to Meeks.
“We just did what we did,” Westbrook said. “He just happened to get lucky the first time. We ain’t worried about what Jodie Meeks does. We’re just worried about playing Thunder defense.”
Westbrook shot poorly against Lakers on Sunday, but he made 9 of 17 shots and had nine assists in 23 minutes in the rematch. He’s become more focused on passing and has been more efficient since his return from knee surgery.
“It’s real fun, especially when we win,” he said. “As long as we continue to do a good job of playing together and everybody gets in a good groove, I think we’ll be all right.”
Serge Ibaka added 15 points, 13 rebounds and a season-high seven blocks for the Thunder, which won its second straight and climbed within a half-game of San Antonio for the top record in the Western Conference.
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.
• Mike Dunleavy scored all of his 21 points in the second half, Joakim Noah flirted with another triple-double and the host Chicago Bulls posted a 111-87 wire-to-wire victory over the Houston Rockets. Noah finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in 34 minutes.
• Al Horford won’t try and return for the playoffs if the Atlanta Hawks make the postseason. The Hawks center tore his right pectoral muscle Dec. 26 and hasn’t played since. He tore the left one in 2011 and returned to play later that season.
• Washington Wizards guard John Wall was fined $15,000 by the NBA for inappropriate comments toward game officials.
• Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, a former Cougars star, will miss Friday’s game against Cleveland to attend the funeral of his grandfather in the Bahamas.