Oklahoma City rolls in win against Los Angeles
BEAT LA! BEAT LA!
That is exactly what Oklahoma City did with a nine day rest that paid off. The Thunder thumped the Los Angeles Lakers 119-90 in Game one of the Western Conference quarterfinals. The Thunder have been known to score a lot of points especially with a two-headed monster in Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. Westbrook led the Thunder with 27 points, while Kevin Durant pitched in 25 points.
The Thunder led the Los Angeles Lakers 59-44 at halftime and did not let off the gas pedal from there. They opened up the second half with seven straight points to take a 22 point lead, which forced a Lakers timeout.
Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum led the way for the Lakers with 20 points each. Bynum also had 14 rebounds. Bryant’s first field goal did not come until the remaining seconds of the first quarter.
According to www.nba.com, Scott Brooks thought his team played very well.
“We did a great job on Bryant defensively,” Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks said.
The Lakers opened up the first quarter with five quick points and only trailed the Thunder 30-23 after the first quarter. However, a lack of defense and lazy play was the issue for them as the Thunder found openings through pick-and-roll offense and good shooting. Oklahoma City shot seven of 17 from beyond the arc, while the Lakers were seven of 16.
“We have to do a better job on the pick and roll coverage,” Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike Brown said. “If we can do that hopefully it will limit them down the road.”
The Chesapeake Energy Arena was very energetic from the beginning as they recalled the elbow World Peace threw on Harden the last time the two teams met. The crowd booed throughout the game whenever World Peace touched the ball.
World Peace did not have much to say about the incident after the game.
“Right now it’s just about basketball for me,” World Peace said. “We as a team have to keep focusing and have to do better than we did tonight.”
Harden had suffered a concussion the last time the teams played, but it did not seem to affect him in this game as he finished with 17 points. Seven of his 17 came in nine minutes as he was four of 11 from the field, but nine of 10 from the charity stripe.
The Lakers also had trouble taking care of the ball committing 15 turnovers, while the Thunder only committed four.
“Our coaches did a great job of letting us practice and getting us ready,” Durant said. “We had a lot of energy, but this will be a tough series.”
Game 2 of the series is scheduled for 9:30 eastern Wednesday night. The game can be seen on TNT.
By: Tyler Scott
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