- Mini Penny
OKLAHOMA CITY â€” Los Angeles Lakers didnâ€™t stand a chance, and I really donâ€™t think they have a prayer in this series.
The Oklahoma City Thunder came in to the second round of the Western Conference Playoffs well-rested, and the Lakers came in fresh off a grueling seven-game series with the Denver Nuggets â€” not to mention the whole Metta World Peace-James Harden incident from their previous meeting looming over this series.
It just all added up to a mis-matched game, and probably a series. From the chorus of boos (aimed at World Peace) to the overall play of the Thunder in Monday night's game at Chesapeake Energy Arena, it just wasnâ€™t going to be a good night if you are a Lakers fan (which in some part, I actually am).
At the opening tip, the crowd was chanting â€śBeat LA.â€ť That doesnâ€™t usually begin until the game is out of hand or the series is almost over, but this OKC crowd is ready for this series. If the Thunder play as in the previous five games, it's likely going to be a short series for LA. OKC finished the night with a 119-90 victory, and Iâ€™m not sure the game was as close as the final score.
OKC shot 53 percent in the first half and held LA to just 43 percent as the Thunder took a 59-44 lead. The Thunder turned the ball over just once in the first half, a long ways from their season average of 16 per game. In the third quarter, it was all Thunder. OKC managed 39 points and just missed on a couple of opportunities to put triple digits on the scoreboard through three quarters. Meanwhile, LA continued to struggle from the field and trailed by 30 as the teams moved into a meaningless fourth quarter.