The Thunder dominated the Lakers from the tip of this game and didn’t look back at all. The Lakers were trying to keep pace with the Thunder Big 3 but just couldn’t. Julius Randle led the team with 16 points and was able to keep them within 10 points until Carmelo Anthony took over the game. The Lakers were playing without Lonzo Ball but thats no excuse as you have to hold the players accountable as professionals. The Thunder noticed that they were without Ball and exposed every mismatch that was present. The Lakers haven’t won a game with Lonzo out of the lineup and tonight wasn’t any different tonight.

The Thunder were able to do anything they wanted tonight inside and outside the paint. Russell Westbrook was able to bully any Laker that was guading him and made it tough on them. The best thing about this Thunder team this season is the fact that they have 3 players that demand double teams. George, Anthony, and Westbrook all demand more attention and that opened up things for Steven Adams in the paint. When Adams gets the chance to establish the paint like he did tonight against Lopez nobody can stop this Thunder team. While Adams is clogging the paint that is opening more chances for the Big 3 and other players to create and score. The Big 3 combined for 61 points tonight and were able to get involved on the defensive and offensive end at the same time. It was great to get Roberson back into the mix tonight on the defensive end as he was able to help on the back end and help OKC vocally as well.

Overall this team is special to watch when everyone is on the same page and clicking on the defensive/offensive end.


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