Mar, 25, 2012; Oklahoma City OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Derek Fisher (37) drives to the basket against Miami Heat point guard Norris Cole (30) and small forward James Jones (22) during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE

Thunder Vs. Lakers: Russell Westbrook Puts Up 36 In Derek Fisher's Homecoming

Derek Fisher returns to Los Angeles face the Lakers as a member of the OKC Thunder, who have won four straight since adding the veteran point guard.

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Mike Brown Says Lakers Were 'Disappointing To Watch' Against Thunder

It was a clash of the old and the new. One team had all of its former glory hanging in the rafters. The other team was literally there to bring the Thunder. And that’s exactly what Oklahoma City did last night against the Los Angeles Lakers in Derek Fisher’s return in a 102-93 win. If anything, it was a turning of the tables after years of Laker dominance — although one regular season win doesn’t mean quite that much.

Still to hear Lakers’ coach Mike Brown discuss the game afterwards, it was clear he was disappointed.

“To give up the buckets we did in the third quarter the way we did,” Brown said of the Thunder’s outscoring the Lakers 34-19 in the quarter, "it was disappointing to watch.

“Obviously they picked up their intensity and their sense of urgency and they played with a physicality in the third quarter that they knew was to their advantage. They said, ’We’re coming out and we’re going to take it right at ‘em.’ "

The Thunder have the obvious advantage in terms of athleticism and youth, and the grind of a shortened NBA season like this one plays right into the team’s hands. However the season starts again come playoff time and the Thunder’s mettle will be tested then. That is when the experience of their new point guard will come into play to help settle them if their youthful exuberance or even nerves are getting the best of them.

For now, it’s clear the Lakers have some work to do to get ready for a team like the Thunder again. Despite strong showings from Andrew Bynum and Bryant, they still got rolled by almost double digits.

For more on the OKC Thunder, be sure to check out Welcome To Loud City. For L.A. Lakers news and info, go to Silver Screen And Roll. All your NBA news can be found atSB Nation's NBA page.

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Lakers Vs. Thunder: Derek Fisher Says Oklahoma City Is A 'Very Special Situation'

The Oklahoma City Thunder made the ultimate statement last night with their 102-93 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, but it was also an opportunity for Derek Fisher to make a smaller statement in his homecoming to his old stomping grounds. Fisher received a standing ovation from the crowd at the Forum, but he says he’s also quite glad to be in his new environment with the Thunder.

“This city and these fans and everyone that I grew close to over the years, they and this place will always, always hold a very special place in my heart, and that will never change. But, due to a number of different circumstances, I’m in Oklahoma City now and I’m extremely happy to be here,” Fisher said.

“This is a very special situation. Just a great group of players, a great group of guys, the staff, the community was just the right fit at the right time coming off what took place. I’m just as happy as I can be considering everything that’s gone on. I’m just looking forward to getting out there and playing some basketball tonight in front of what used to be the home crowd. But, coming in as a visitor, I’m sure it will be a lot of fun.”

Of course, when any team is at the top like the Thunder have been all season, it’s not surprising to hear such rhetoric. The Thunder have to hope that Fisher not only brings experience and chemistry to the team but a solid back-up point guard to help spell Russell Westbrook down the stretch. To this point, the team has rallied around their newest addition and it seems like a solid marriage overall.

For more on the OKC Thunder, be sure to check out Welcome To Loud City. For L.A. Lakers news and info, go to Silver Screen And Roll. All your NBA news can be found atSB Nation's NBA page.

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