If Game 1 is any indication, we may be in store for another short series for the Thunder. Oklahoma City had little trouble against the Lakers on Monday night, blowing past LA for a 119-90 win in the first game of their second-round series.
The Thunder might have shown some rust early, as the teams were within six points of each other for most of the first quarter, but as the half wore on, the Thunder started to pull away with little resistance. Oklahoma City led by seven after the first quarter and extended the lead to 59-44 at halftime. The only reason the Lakers kept it close for a while was because of a rebounding. The Lakers had a 25-19 edge at halftime, including 10 on the offensive end.
The second half quickly became a rout. The Thunder opened the third quarter on an 18-4 run to turn the game into a blowout. OKC led by 35 at one point and led by 30 after the third quarter. The Thunder shot 53 percent from the floor, while Los Angeles shot 42.3 percent.
The Lakers could only wait for it to end. Although Devin Ebanks couldn't wait until the end, getting ejected late in the fourth quarter after a little scrum.
Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with 27 points on 10-for-15 shooting, along with nine assists and seven rebounds. Kevin Durant scored 25 points on 8-for-16 shooting with eight rebounds. James Harden scored 17 points and went 9-for-10 from the free-throw line.
The Thunder are now 5-0 in this year's playoffs.