OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (Sporting Alert) — The Oklahoma City Thunder hammered the Los Angeles Lakers 119-90 on Monday night in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinals series.
Russell Westbrook scored 27 points and Kevin Durant added 25 for the Thunder, which showed no signs of being off for eight days with the dominating performance at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Westbrook also added nine assists, seven rebounds and two steals to his stats, while Durant collected eight rebounds and four assists on the night as well.
“From then on, it was cruising for us,” Westbrook said. “When our team plays like that throughout the game, we put ourselves in a good opportunity to win.”
The Thunder were in full groove from the opening tip-off – knocking down shots-after-shots from jump range to end the game at 53-percent on 44 of 83 shooting.
Andrew Bynum started hot and he finished with 20 points and 14 boards – 10 of which were defensive rebounds.
Kobe Bryant also had 20 points, while Metta World Peace scored 12 points and Pau Gasol added 10 points and seven rebounds in the defeat.
“We got beat tonight. You can say anything you want to about a seven-game series and us having a day or whatever,” said Los Angeles coach Mike Brown.
“The bottom line is this is the playoffs, we’ve got to come to play and we didn’t. We got beat.
“It’s one game, so we’ve got to bounce back for the next one.”
Bryant added: “Obviously, they’re more well-rested than we are, but I don’t think it made that much of a difference for us.
“We could have had the same amount of days off. They’re just younger and faster. And tonight, what you saw is them executing extremely well.”
BOSTON FELL SHORT THIS TIME
The other game on the night, the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Boston Celtics 82-81 in the Eastern Conference semi-finals to tie the series at one game apiece.
Jrue Holiday led the way with 18 points and Andre Iguodala added 13 points, seven assists and six rebounds in the win for the Sixers.
Lavoy Allen finished with 10 points and eight boards and Evan Turner also had 10 points and six boards.
Ray Allen scored 17 points, while Kevin Garnett collected 15 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for Boston.