The Oklahoma City Thunder waited anxiously for over a week to play the first game of their best of seven semifinal series in the NBA playoffs. Last night they got their chance and did not disappoint. The Thunder had swept the defending champion Dallas Mavericks and was waiting for the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets to complete their series that went the full seven games.
Last night the Thunder clobbered the Lakers by a score of 119-90. Russell Westbrook proved to be too tough for the Lakers defense as he scored 27 points, dished out 9 assists and grabbed 7 rebounds. Helping Westbrook was Kevin Durant who scored 25 points.
The Lakers looked completely exhausted coming off just a day’s rest from their seventh game win at home against Denver. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 20 points. The Thunder led by 15 at halftime and quickly went on a 15-2 burst to open the third quarter to extend the lead to 28. The Thunder dominated every facet of the game. They turned the ball over just four times the entire game, when they have averaged a league worst 16 per game. The Lakers only managed to make one steal the entire night.
Coach Mike Brown of the Lakers said there is no time for excuses. Whether we had a day’s rest or 10, we need to come to the game and execute and we did not do that tonight, he said. The good thing for the Lakers is the next games starts 0-0 and if they can win that game, they will have succeeded in evening the series and taking home court advantage heading back to Los Angeles. Bryant said, after the game that everything needs to be put behind them and they need to start from scratch for the next game.