Thunder run past the Lakers in Los Angeles
The Oklahoma City Thunder held the Los Angeles Lakers to only 18 points in the second quarter as they snapped a two-game skid.
The visitors exploded for 37 points in the frame to cruise past the struggling hosts 133-96 Wednesday evening at the Staples Center in Southern California.
Leading the way for Oklahoma City was Russell Westbrook, as the 29-year old point guard from Long Beach, California scored 20 points while dishing out 12 assists and pulling down six rebounds for a double-double for the contest.
The Thunder have been slowly separating themselves from the log jam in the middle of the Western Conference, with Oklahoma City now slotted into the fifth spot in the West with a record of 21-17 on the year. Wednesday's win made it seven in their last 10 outings for the Thunder.
The Thunder are now 4999/1 to win the Western Conference, while the San Antonio Spurs are 4999/1 and the Golden State Warriors are 10/19 to retain their title.
Los Angeles continues to be in free fall, with the Lakers now on a NBA worst eight-game losing streak.
The hosts have the worst record in the Western Conference and are only higher than the Atlanta Hawks in the standings.
The Thunder received a surprise showing from Terrance Ferguson, the 19-year-old shooting guard from scoring a career-high 24 points while dishing out an assist and one rebound. The rookie, who played in Australia for a season rather than attend college, was 6-of-9 from beyond the three-point line for contest and added some highlight reel dunks as well.
The Thunder don't have to travel anywhere for their next game, as they square off with the Los Angeles Clippers, also at the Staples Center, on Thursday. Meanwhile the Lakers take the night off before welcoming the Charlotte Hornets into town as LA hopes to snap their losing streak.
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