Lakers versus Thunder game summary

Lakers versus Thunder game summary

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Game Summary
Lakers got off to a hot start thanks to the play of Julius Randle.

Randle seemed to have the smooth touch tonight making just about everything, including extremely tough “and one” plays. Randle wound up finishing the game with 20 points 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Lakers continued their hot start going up by 8 after some pretty ball movement lead to an easy dunk for Timofey Mozgov. Unfortunatly, it was all downhill from there. Westbrook took over and an 8-point lead disappeared in a blink of an eye.

Outside of the pick and roll woes that continue to burn the team on defense, one of the biggest issues tonight was the fact that the Lakers just could not hit the open shots.

Shots just wouldn’t fall for the team overall, but they didn’t hang their heads. One of the biggest differences between this team and last year’s team was the fact that the team continued to fight. At the 6:21 mark in the 4th the Lakers were down by 11. They didn’t give up and clawed and scratched their way back into the game to bring it withing 4 after a Nick young triple. Unfortunately, D’Angelo made his only turnover of the night at the worst time.  Russell bounced a pass off Adam’s foot and that lead to a Westbrook dunk to push the lead back up to 8. The Thunder never looked back after that closing out the game to finish 113-96.

Players of the game

Lakers

D’Angelo Russell: Despite that key turnover, Russell started to find his groove again and had a good game. Still missing some wide open shots, but as I stated above that really was a team effort. He finised with 20 points 5 assists and 5 rebounds. He shot 7-20 from the field

Julius Randle: An absolute monster tonight finishing inside the key. Opposing power forwards couldn’t handle his size and quickness. Randle feasted finishing with 20 points 3 assists and 5 rebounds. He shot 7-10 from the field.

Thunder

Russell Westbrook:  Unstoppable tonight as he went for his 2nd triple-double in 3 games. He and Adams connected on a ton of pick and roll plays that just killed the Lakers. Westbrook finished with a whopping 33 points 16 assists and 12 rebounds.

Steven Adams: The benefactor of a majority of Westbrooks assists finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds with 2 blocked shots, including a block on an easy lay in for Jordan Clarkson after a stellar pass from Russell.

 

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