OKLAHOMA CITY —
But it was forward Serge Ibaka's defense prowess around the basket that was just as important. His seven blocked shots got the Thunder fast break running.
That included him swatting a layup by the Lakers as the clock was running down. Guard Reggie Jackson pushed the ball up court to forward Caron Butler, who buried a 3-pointer as the third quarter buzzer sounded. Oklahoma City led 101-77 and never looked back.
Westbrook handed out nine assists to go along with three steals. Ibaka finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds to go along with his blocked shot totals. Butler scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds as he continues to supplant himself into the Thunder rotation. As a team, the Thunder outrebounded L.A. 60-37.
Guard Jodie Meeks scored 19 points to lead the Lakers. It was far below his 42-point effort Sunday.
"He just happened to get lucky the first time," Westbrook said. "We're not worried about what Jodie Meeks does."
Forward Kent Bazemore came off the bench to post 16 points and seven rebounds. Center Pau Gasol scored 14 points in the defeat.
Westbrook's fiery play from Tuesday against Houston carried over into the first quarter against the Lakers. He began the evening with a steal and breakaway dunk. He ended the quarter with 11 points in seven minutes as Oklahoma City held a 33-19 lead.
It doesn't get any easier for the Lakers, who will face the San Antonio Spurs next. "These are good teams and we have a chance to compete and a chance to upset somebody," D'Antoni said. "So why not try."
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