Serge Ibaka put up 15 points and notched 13 rebounds and 7 blocks in an impressive all-around performance to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a blowout victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, 131-102. The Thunder had an impressive game shooting the ball in this game, finishing 45-89 (50.6%). Oklahoma City (48-17) has now won back-to-back games after defeating Houston Rockets on Tuesday.
Ibaka went 6-9, in a strong performance. Other key players for Oklahoma City included Russell Westbrook with 29 points and 9 assists, and Caron Butler with 11 points and 6 rebounds. On 6-15 shooting, including 3-4 from behind the arc, Jodie Meeks put up 19 points for Los Angeles in the loss. Pau Gasol contributed 14 points and 6 rebounds and Ryan Kelly finished with 12 points and 6 assists.
As expected, the edge on the defensive glass went to the Thunder (79.7% DR%), who took advantage of the Lakers 29th-ranked offensive rebounding (20.4% OR% on the season). Meanwhile, the Thunder rank third in the NBA at collecting defensive rebounds with a DR% of 76.1%. The Thunder combined an eFG% of 57.9% with 43.3% 3-point shooting. They are 14-4 this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Lakers, on the other hand, are winless (0-9) when allowing opponents to hit those marks.
This drops Los Angeles (22-43) to 1-3 versus Oklahoma City on the season.
Coming up next, the Thunder battle the Dallas Mavericks, who are 39-27 on the year. The Lakers meet the San Antonio Spurs, currently 48-16 this season. The Thunder are 1-0 versus Dallas this season. The Lakers are 0-1 versus San Antonio this season.