OKLAHOMA CITY —
The first quarter belonged to Westbrook, who saved some of his best game for the Lakers. He came out firing from all over the court and poured in 13 points. That included a last second 3-pointer to close the Lakers lead to one point.
The Lakers were at their best when Howard was dominating the backboards. Serge Ibaka, Kendrick Perkins and Nick Collison were unable to keep him off the offensive backboards.
However, it was too much for Westbrook, who seemed to take the matchup personally. He was on fire from the perimeter, but also threw down a couple of ferocious dunks to get the crowd on its feet as Oklahoma City took a 67-53-lead into halftime.
“Just happened to make some shots early and kept shooting,” Westbrook said.
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