Sunday, January 27, 2013
Lakers Outlast Thunder
Today the amazing Oklahoma City Thunder were paying a visit to the struggling Los Angeles Lakers. The Thunder couldn't hang in though, and the Lakers won this game 105-96. This game sounds like it was dominated by the Lakers, but it was close; there was never a time in this game when there was more than a ten points lead for either team. In the first quarter, the the Lakers outscored the Thunder 27-23. In the second quarter the Thunder had a comeback, outscoring the Lakers 30-25. The halftime score would be 53-52 with the Thunder on top. In the third quarter the Lakers outscored the Thunder 23-22. From the middle of the third quarter to the end of the game, the Lakers had positive energy, giving them the win. In the fourth quarter the Lakers outscored the Thunder 30-21, showing off their ability to go through traffic and find a big man and score. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 21 points, 14 rebounds, and he added 9 rebounds; one rebound shy of a triple-double. Steve Nash and Pau Gasol had great games too, Nash and Gasol making important baskets in crucial moments.
Kevin Durant led the way for the Thunder with 35 points. Russell Westbrook led the team in rebounding and assists, with 17 points, 13 assists, and 9 rebounds. Westbrook was also one board shy of a triple-double. I now think that the Lakers will have a great rest of the season, because this game was a real momentum shifter. I think the rest of the teams in the Western Conference should be scared, now that the Lakers have this confidence. I also think that the Thunder will bounce off of this loss and still be the best in the West. The OKC Thunder are now 34-11. The Los Angeles Lakers are now 19-25. This looked like one of the Lakers best games this season. By Ameen I.