It was a night focused on Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Derek Fisher's return to his former team of 13 years, but it was Western Conference leader's starting PG that stole the show. Russell Westbrook scored 17 of his 36 points in the third quarter to break open a previously close game, and the Thunder finished with a 102-93 win over the Lakers.
For only the second time in his NBA career, Westbrook scored 32 or more in back-to-back games, having put up 32 against the Portland Trailblazers on Tuesday. Fisher scored seven points in his first seven minutes, entering the game late in the first quarter to a standing ovation from the Staples Center crowd.
Kevin Durant also added 21 points and 11 rebounds while James Harden had 9 points off the bench. Andrew Bynum paced the Lakers with 25 points and Kobe Bryant had 23.
The Thunder face the Bulls next on Sunday.