The Los Angeles Lakers stunned the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday with a 114-110 win. That made OKC mad.
Hosting the Lakers on Thursday night, the Thunder set a season-high for scoring in the retaliatory 131-102 win.
Kevin Durant scored 29 points and extended his streak of 25-point games to 30. According to TNT, over the last 50 years only Michael Jordan (40 games) and Spencer Haywood (31) have had longer streaks.
Russell Westbrook also had 29 points to tie Durant for the game-high. Serge Ibaka threw a block party by swatting seven shots, and he purloined a pair of steals. Add that to 15 points and 13 boards, and the Thunder's Big Three had a banner night.
Jodie Meeks led the Lakers with 19 points, but it was 23 points off his outburst from Sunday. Pau Gasol added 14 points, and Kent Bazmore added 16 off the bench. Ryan Kelly started the game and finished with 12 points and six assists.
The Thunder led 60-46 at the break with the Lakers shooting just 37 percent, and not much changed in the second half.
The Thunder move to within a half-game of the San Antonio Spurs for first place in the West. They bring in the Dallas Mavericks next for a tussle on Sunday night.
The Lakers are tied for last place again, and they're 16.5 games out of the playoffs with 17 games left to play. It only gets worse as they complete this back-to-back with a visit to the aforementioned first-place Spurs. Avert your eyes.
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