Last night, the Oklahoma City Thunder decimated the Los Angeles Lakers. Not only did the home team hang 122 on the Lakers, they bullied their way into the paint for 52 of those points and racked up another 22 on fast breaks that left Los Angeles gasping and ragged. L.A. surrendered 37 points in the first quarter, and allowed the Thunder to come within three points of cracking 100 before the start of the fourth. At halftime, OKC was on pace to score 142 points. Near the end of the game, the Lakers followed up a brief, hopeful run that cut the lead to five by going scoreless over the final six minutes of the game.
The only thing Dwight Howard accomplished all night was getting himself punked by Serge Ibaka, and Kobe Bryant's gritty 30-point effort was overshadowed by the fact that he spent his night on the defensive end of the floor chasing after Russell Westbrook's first step. The Lakers looked old and overmatched all night, and the game was a stark reminder that despite their recent success, this team is still miles away from being competitive against the Western Conference's top teams.