Recap: Lakers coast to 128-99 victory over Thunder

Jan 13, 2021; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket around Oklahoma City Thunder forward Luguentz Dort (5) during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers came out strong in the 2nd half, ending up with a lopsided result against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Lakers won 128-99, as they took advantage of these depleted Thunder as the absence of Al Horford did not help tonight. The big win makes the Lakers 7-0 on the road this season, an area where they also thrived in last year.

Player of the game – Montrezl Harrell

Look, the real player of the game is LeBron James. But come on, we can’t give every single player of the game award to him or Anthony Davis.

Honestly, Montrezl Harrell does deserve it considering how he was one of the main reasons that the Lakers were able to extend and maintain their large lead in the second half. The Lakers let the Thunder go on a 14-2 run to end the first half, as it was only 58-46 at half although the Lakers were dominating for most of the time. The team could have easily come out flat at times during the second half, but they extended the lead behind play from Trezz (and LeBron) to start the half. He ended with 21 points and six rebounds (two offensive).

Stat of the game – 58 Lakers rebounds to 48 Thunder rebounds

With Al Horford being kept from playing in a late afternoon scratch, the Thunder came into this game severely undersized against the likes of Anthony Davis, Marc Gasol, and Montrezl Harrell. This resulted in 12 offensive rebounds for the Lakers, as they ultimately demolished the Thunder on the boards with 58 rebounds to their 48.

Quote of the night – “You have a good time when you’re winning”

That quote came from someone who knows a thing or two about winning. Yes, that’s right. LeBron James said this after the game as spirits couldn’t be higher. They just got done mopping the floor with their 2020 Playoffs second-round opponent in the Houston Rockets, following that up with a nearly effortless performance against the Thunder. The Lakers are riding high with the best record in the league currently at 10-3. In addition, their 7-0 road record is the best start on the road in Lakers franchise history, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN.

To summarize…it’s good to be a Laker right now.

What’s next?

The Lakers will welcome the Bayou Lakers into town, as they play the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday. Lonzo Ball will be out, as will Zion Williamson as he was put on the COVID-19 protocol today.

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