Jodie Meeks finished with 42 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a close victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, 114-110. This snaps a three-game losing streak for Los Angeles (22-42).
Meeks went 11-18 from the field (6-11 on 3-pointers) and 14-14 from the free throw line, in a strong performance. Other key performers for Los Angeles were Pau Gasol with 20 points and 11 rebounds, Ryan Kelly with 12 points and 8 assists, and Kent Bazemore with 11 points and 7 rebounds. Kevin Durant had another strong performance for Oklahoma City despite the loss, scoring 27 points on 8-19 shooting (4-11 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 7-11 from the free throw line. He also registered 12 assists and 10 rebounds. Serge Ibaka added 21 points and 15 rebounds, Russell Westbrook finished with 20 points and 8 assists, and Reggie Jackson put up 14 points and 9 rebounds.
This drops Oklahoma City (46-17) to 2-1 against Los Angeles on the year.
Coming up, the Lakers battle the Oklahoma City Thunder, who are 46-17 on the season. The Thunder meet the Houston Rockets, currently sitting at 43-19 this year. The Lakers have lost two of their last three meetings with Oklahoma City. The Thunder have won their last two meetings with Houston.