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Well...ok then. The crowd is giving it RW following that airball on the potential game-tying three, and Bazemore puts it away w/the bucket.
THE REAL SEASON BEGINS!!!
Casey said he’s not thinking about his contract status or coach of the year voting at all. Focus is the classic one game at a time.
Kevin Durant is way too nice.
Westrbook misses another 3 - Lakers up 5 with 7.2 and 2 FT coming - I'm going to start writing
OKC is Bazed and Confused. AK
Bazemore past Durant... Westbrook misses... Lakers on their way to the W.
"We still have guys that we can go to, but Pat just brings a different dynamic from all the other bigs on the team.” - John Salmons
Kent Bazemore with the drive and lay-in - Lakers by 5
Two for one = two bad shots, almost always.
Westbrook giveth. Westbrook taketh.
You can always tell the Lakers are in trouble on defense when Mike D'Antoni stands up. (What? He's always standing up?)
Westbrook loves to feed the narrative.
Russ stays Russ. Forever.
Westbrook air-balled a 3. LAL ball, 33.7 left. Offense/defense subs are Marshall/Henry for the Lakers.
Russell Westbrook airballed a three with 33.7 seconds left - don't know how to account for that
So I'm just not going to get a head start on my final blog post, am I?
Xavier Henry in at point guard for L.A. with 45 seconds left
I have faith in OKC's D, but they can be a sloppy help-and-recover team in terms of finding shooters.
I guess we can stop worrying whether Westbrook will regain his athleticism post-surgeries.
Christ, I love that dude.
"Next man up," says Casey. Opportunity for Hansbrough, Hayes and even Novak (depending on matchup) with Patterson out
If anyone questions what Fisher means to this Thunder team - that moment said it all
Lakers 110, Thunder 107 with 45 seconds left. Thunder ball. The Lakers led by 18 in the fourth quarter.
So at least the left knee is fine.
Good grief, Russell Westbrook. Look out below.
Russell Westbrook's knee is just fine. Kent Bazemore would second that.
My initial thought on that Westbrook breakaway was "look up Russell, KD is open." No need for that.
Holy Westbrook. A ridiculous coast-to-coast dunk cut LAL's lead to 3, and the Thunder have the ball after an ill-timed T.O. 45.0 left.
Derek Fisher looked hurt after a fall - 5 Thunder players RAN from the bench to help him up - of course Fish was fine
Half the OKC team runs over when they see Fisher down... He's up and OK.
Here's the Celtics Instant Win Ticket Starting Lineup: R. Rondo J. Bayless B. Bass J. Green K. Humphries http://t.co/LzqCol3C3T
Awesome crowd today at UC from opening tip to the end. 22,028 Tremendous passion. Game ops was outstanding as well. The best in NBA.
That Russell Westbrook fast break dunk was the most Russell Westbrook play ever.
Westbrook just baptized Bazemore.
Gasol's shot rolls out - Westbrook'sviscious dunk does not
Bazemore pulled up again, hitting a long 2, the points countered by 2 Ibaka FT's (after 2 more off. boards). LAL up 110-105, 1:19 left.
Team isn’t exactly sure how Patterson aggravated his injury. Originally hurt it getting tangled up with somebody
Durant (27 points) and Westbrook (15) have both taken 19 shots.
The Lakers and rebounds have a complicated relationship right now.
The Los Angeles "We Don't Do Rebounds" Lakers
Hardly anyone talks about this stat, but Rockets are 24-8 since Gersson Rosas officially returned.
Kent Bazemore with the pull-up jumper - 110-103 1 1/2 left
Good to see Robert Sacre celebrating on the bench.
A big 3 from Bazemore was countered by a big 3 from Jackson. LAL lead at 5, 1:40 to play.
Reggie Jackson answers with a three - 108-103
Big three-pointer from Kent Bazmore 108-100 Lakers with 2 minutes left
Rick Adelman again raved about his former players Kyle Lowry and Chuck Hayes. Said “you aren’t moving Chuck Hayes."
Yes, '50s era jumping advice for Doug Collins definitely applies to Russell Westbrook. Uh huh.
Chance for others to step up, Casey and team says. Was a last-minute scratch tonight
Patrick Patterson out 7-10 days with an elbow ligament injury. Will be reevaluated but the hope is it heals up and he’s fine
I’ve never seen Russell Westbrook miss so many layups in a game.
Derek Fisher is a team-best +16 for OKC today.
I think that while Noel may want to return on April 4, per his tweet, that is not a date the team has circled on its calendar for him
Since coming back in and getting serious about this game, Westbrook has been fantastic. LAL 104, OKC 98 with 3:06 left.
My guess is that we don't see Noel this year.
Westbrook's burst is unreal. He got across the court in a flash to track down an offensive board. OKC up to a 17-1 edge on the O glass.
Sixers: "There are many goals in recovery that Nerlens has to meet. If and when he does, we'll sit and talk about (possible return)."
Rebounds are 54-35 Thunder
Great pass from Marshall to Gasol ends Thunders' 10-0 run
Raptors' Patrick Patterson out with elbow injury tonight, AJ Price is inactive for Wolves because he's ill
The chosen one http://t.co/HuZmT8G2Q7
Team says of Noel: "while he has made progress in his recovery there is still a long way for him to go."
Derek Fisher … back to back 3's amidst a 10-0 Thunder run. That quickly, OKC is back within 5 with a lot of time left.
Cant find one TV in this building with NASCAR on it come on man im in the south and everything
Derek Fisher. Wow.
Of course Derek Fisher is going to put OKC on his back and will them to a comeback win. Why wouldn't he?
Per ABC says Kobe in building doing rehab work. He could be re-evaluated by end of this week
Hey, Derek Fisher.
While we've been busy marveling at Jodie Meeks' day, the Lakers have let OKC back into this thing. It's 102-97 with 4:36 left
Another Fisher 3 - 102-97
Lakers travel - big moment here for both teams - at cross purpose - tank chase
Kendall Marshall's back in for the final 4:48, with Farmar back to the bench. Gasol just traveled, so OKC has the ball down 8.
The Patterson elbow injury apparently happened earlier this year. He's been playing through it/through the pain. Re aggravated it Fri vs SAC
Jodie Meeks is the 5th player with a 40-pt, 4-stl game this season.
Serious props 2 Barclays Center game entertainment folks 4 recognizing + playing non-stop Biggie during Nets warmups http://t.co/wWYMPxGi24
Russ rubbing off on Derek Fisher is kinda great.
Westbrook w/ a bad double + Durant guarding nobody = open layup & corner 3: http://t.co/KUqhIdGibx
DFish 'holstered' the guns after knocking that 3 down. 4:59 left, Lakers holding onto the lead 102-94. Should be a fun finish.
Derek Fisher (remember him?) hits a 3 with 4:59 remaining to cut LAL's once 18-pt lead down to 8
Thunder could still win this by a dozen, you know.
A big 3 from, yup, Derek Fisher, cuts the LAL lead to 8. Fish followed an Ibaka layup and 2 Westbrook FT's. 4:59 to play, LAL up 102-94.
Derek Fisher for 3 - 102-94 Lakers - 5 minutes left - that make keeps OKC in this - a miss and Lakers' score and I might have called it
Jodie Meeks joins Andrew Bynum (2009) Ced Ceballos (1994) as the 3rd Laker not named Kobe or Shaq to score 40+ points over the last 20 years
Meeks has 42 points on 11 of 18 FG's, 6 3's with 14 of 14 FT's. We'll take guesses - the last Laker to score 42 not named Kobe Bryant?
Patterson has been playing through the elbow injury, sustained it a few weeks back but aggravated it Fri. Docs recommended 7-10 days of rest
A Thunder loss would also put the Clippers and Rockets just 2.5 games back of the top seed. Four games separate the top 5 teams in the West.
Raptors announce Patrick Patterson out 7-10 days with an elbow sprain.
This is first time LeBron James didn't attempt a free throw since Dec. 2, 2009, a span of 332 games.
Lakers risking letting a terrific performance get away by putting the Thunder on the line way too much.
OKC's defense looks slow to react. Also, Mike D.'s offense is pretty, even with these guys.
Birdman had season highs today in minutes (33), rebounds (13) and blocks (six).
Ryan Kelly three-pointer gets him up to 12 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks
Ryan Kelly with 12/5/8. He’s quietly having a quality game. AK
Kevin Durant has scored 10 straight Thunder points. Getting aggressive, but could be too late.
A pretty pass from Gasol, who saw Kelly open in the corner, countered 3 Durant FT's to keep LAL up 15 halfway through the 4th.
GameTime program cover of Pelicans point guard Brian Roberts, who had career-high 18 assists vs. Nuggets last March: http://t.co/Ce4P1FX1a0
A Thunder loss would give the Spurs the top seed in the West and tie for the best record in the league. They. Never. Die.
Now 28 straight games Durant has scored at least 25 points. Career long streak is 29.
Lakers up 12 with 6 1/2 left
Jodie Meeks ups career high to 42 points. Last Laker other than Kobe to score 40 points? Andrew Bynum on 1/21/09. Before that? Shaq in 03
Kelly to Meeks - 99-84 Lakers - Meeks up to 42 - Kelly with EIGHT assists
The Memphis Grizzlies (36-26) are a half game out of the playoffs in the West. Team would be a three seed in the East.
OKC's still sticking around thanks to Durant, who hit his 2nd 3 of the 4th Q to cut the lead to 13 with 7 minutes to play.
Everybody take a swig from their Old E for Jodie. He's up to a career-high 40 pts.
Forty for Jodie Meeks lol
Jodie Meeks has 40 points. On 17 shots.
Jodie Meeks hits 40
Birdman blocked 11 shots during the Heat's three-game road trip. He had five blocks against Houston and six blocks today against the Bulls.
J-Smith and Rondo dream about playing together. Smith: "We tell each other (how) surreal that would be, for us to be able to reconnect again
Currently Googling "Why is Kevin Durant missing free throws?"
Doug Collins and Hubie Brown on the same telecast? Man, I hope you guys are soaking up this NBA knowledge.
KD 4-for-8 from the foul line.
Durant has missed three of his last free throws, including that one stemming from a Farmar technical.
Kevin Durant has mised 3 of his last 4 free throws
Patrick Patterson will not play tonight, he's expected to be out 7-10 days with an ulnar collateral sprain in his right elbow
Taj Gibson admitted that he almost didn't play in this game. He was battling some food poisoning and had the flu. He played well in 4th/OT.
Technical on Jordan Farmar - who didn't agree with a call - Thunder have FT coming, down 14 with 8 min left - plus ball
Smith on Rondo cont. "...but with the different free agencies that we both have, it could be far-fetched. But it could be possible too."
Durant drained a 3, but hit only 1 of 3 FT's after drawing a foul on a long-range attempt. OKC within 14 nonetheless, 8:04 left.
Josh Smith on Rondo reunion: "We always tell each other how surreal a moment that would be to reconnect in that realm…”
For those asking why Meeks is sitting w/his 38 points: he was short on his last couple of 3's. Makes sense to get him a few minutes of rest.
Maybe it's just me but I have a hard time saying any game before Thanksgiving is a highlight of an NBA season.
Wallace says he'll be ready by training camp, and that he plans to do his re-habbing with the team.
Even Clippers fans are pulling for Lakers - for seeding in West
Lakers tank watch - if they win this one - they'll need Boston to beat the Pistons today to keep ahead in lottery position
I neglected to consider that Lakers fans are too new to Lottery Hell to value random fun wins over the hoarding of ping pong balls.
Who says the Lakers’ D is soft?
Durant back in with Lakers up, 95-77, and 9:38 to play. Westbrook, who has been horrible, not back in.
The 3rd quarter was the turning point. Thunder led by 12 with 9 minutes left in the quarter, Lakers led by 12 by the end of the quarter.
Crossed Birdman's imaginary "gun line" after game to get quote on blocks: “That’s why they brought me here. That’s what I’ve always done.”
We have a 36-point turnaround today. LAL trailed OKC by 18 in the 1st half, now lead by 18 with 9:38 to play.
Celtics, Kings, Jazz, Spurs fans all rooting for the Lakers right now for different reasons ...
Heroes come and go, but Jodie Meeks is forever. http://t.co/9HzLOXr9fd
This has no bearing on the Clippers per se - but I don't really get the Blake Griffin string of commericals with Jack McBrayer
Lakers on a 34-7 run, now up 18. Meeks/Farmar a combined 9/14 from three.
That was a great play by Jimmy Butler on the final possession in regulation. LeBron scores that 99.9 percent of the time.
GWallace will stay in Boston rest of season to rehab. Said he'll be happy when no more snow. (It's only March, still plenty more time)
Are the contenders just bored? Strange week...
LeBron went 8 of 23 from the field today, marking the first time he has shot below .400 from the field in back-to-back games this season.
Lakers lead by 18 in the fourth quarter. They trailed by 18 in the second quarter. Quite the turnaround.
Farmar is now 3-for-3 from 3 and the Lakers lead by 18 with 9:38 to go after trailing by 18 early.
LAL were 3 for 14 from 3 in the 1st half. In the 2nd, they're 8 for 13. Farmar just hit his 3rd to put LAL up 95-77.
The 36-point swing is now complete - Lakers up 18
See Lakers fans, isn't it fun when you root for a crummy team and they beat a titan? You understand now!
Nope. Durant checking back in at the next stoppage.
Lakers 92, Thunder 75 with 9:55 left in the 4th quarter. Thunder led by 18 in the first half.
Patterson had played through discomfort, re-aggravated elbow Fri. night. Rest is what he needs
If you said Lakers beat Blazers in Portland and Thunder anywhere this past week . . .
This is stunning. Maybe Thabo and Perk are more important than we thought.
LAL's lead is at 17 after Gasol's and-1, then short J on the next trip. Pau has 16, OKC really struggling to get anything on offense.
At this rate, Westbrook and Durant might not play the fourth quarter.
Thunder are confused defensively right now
This is all Lil B's fault.
Durant lookin' like Kobe over there.
Robert Sacre is not in the game. I think Mike D’Antoni wants to win today.
Staples is playing Ricky Martin's "Living la vida loca" right now. If the Lakers blow this don't think I won't point to this as the reason.
One big difference today: LAL are 21 of 23 at the line, OKC 5 of 7. OKC also 16 TO's to 11 for LAL.
Meeks is going to get a rest to start the 4th Q. It's Farmar, Henry, Bazemore, Kelly and Gasol vs. Jackson, Fish, Lamb, Butler and Collison.
Dude here just missed halfcourt shot by about an eighth of an inch. Would have won $185,000.
Elbow injury to sideline Raptors Patrick Patterson 7-10 days
Contestant just missed a half court shot for nearly $200K, but hit a 3 for a 2-night stay at the Mirage. Got a Swaggy P hand shake too.
Lakers should wear these “Los Lakers” sleeved jerseys every game.
Lakers up 87-75 on the Thunder heading to the fourth quarter. Jodie Meeks with 38 points.
In the "background" if possible - Kevin Durant with a triple-double
The Lakers lead 87-75 after 3 Qs. Remarkable turnaround since Thursday. Jodie Meeks (38 pts) leads LAL. KD (17, 10 & 10) has a trip dub
Lakers 87, Thunder 75 to start the 4th quarter. Jodie Meeks has scored more points (38) than Kevin Durant and Russ Westbrook combined (30).
On Feb. 13, LAL led OKC by 10 heading into the 4th Q and lost by 4. Today, they lead by 12 heading into the 4th Q.
Standing O from the Staples crowd as the Lakers end the 3Q up (not a typo) 87-75. AK
And we have reached the end of a remarkable third quarter. Lakers up 87-75 with Jodie Meeks and his career-high 38 points leading the way.
Kevin Durant reaches his triple-double (17/10/10), but will really need to get it going in the fourth to turn this back around.
This is so impressive the Lakers might actual sell one of these ugly shirts.
Where were you the day Jodie Meeks scored 38 points in three quarters?
A step-back triple from Farmar, his 2nd in the past minute and change, countered a Durant 3 to keep LAL up 12 after 3 at 87-75.
After three - Lakers 87 - Thunder 75
Kevin Durant with a triple-double: 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Third triple-double of the season.
If the Lakers win, they wear these white sleeved Los Lakers uniforms the rest of the season, right?
Durant gets the triple-double, and now appears set on picking up scoring slack.
Durant now has a triple-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
Scott Brooks pronounces it "fustrated." SMH
That Kevin Durant three ends a 23-2 run by the Lakers.
OKC once led 46-28, but following a furious run in the 3rd, the Lakers lead 84-75.
Ex-Oak Hill teammates Josh Smith & Rondo have talked a/b teaming up. Smith: "We always tell each other how surreal a moment that would be."
All those tank theorists cant be happy with this game. Lakers on 23-2 run
Noah was very happy after this one: Singing in the shower -- "I put on for my city" Young Jeezy/Kanye. He knew damn near every word.
Jodie Meeks at the half = 18 points - still in third 38 points
Before the break, LAL led by 9 at HT and 10 after 3, before OKC went 35-21 in the 4th Q to win 107-103. LAL up 12 today w/1:42 in 3rd.
Lakers 84, Thunder 72 with 1:42 left in the 3rd quarter. Jodie Meeks with 38 points. http://t.co/DHkZfTXYx4
Lakers outscoring the Thunder 33-16 in the third quarter, LA lead up to 12. Big-time problems for the Thunder D again.
That shot was amazing.
The Lakers, who trailed by as many as 18, now lead by 12. They have been on fire in the 3rd Q, shooting 10-for-16 as a team.
Goodness, this is awful.
LAL suddenly can't miss. They've outscored OKC 33-16 in the 3rd, as Farmar's 3 and Bazemore's tough layup cap a push to make it 84-72.
Kent Bazemore just lost the ball into the basket - seroiusly - it's that kind of quarter for the Lakers
Wonder how many Spurs are watching this one...
Lakers, who trailed by as many as 18 in the first half, now lead the Western Conf.-leading Thunder 84-72.
Lakers up 10 . . . checks box score, yep
Jodie Meeks has scored 20 of the Lakers 28 points in the third quarter.
Jodie Meeks has 38 points. Jodie Meeks.
Meeks up to 38 points. Last year, he struggled to dribble in transition and had no mid-range/pull-up game. Has improved a ton this year.
Jodie Meeks is Bizarro-sleeved LeBron. AK
Doug Collins has said LOTS of nice things about Jodie Meeks. But if Meeks is a normal human he's only gonna hear Collins rippin' his handle.
Kevin Durant now just one rebound away fromm a triple-double. 14-10-9.
Is it just me or does Caron Butler look a little bit thinner than he did last year with the Clippers?
During the timeout, the Lakers attempted to re-sign Jodie Meeks according to my sources. I’m joking.
Jodie Meeks 36, Durant/Westbrook 27
Evans said toughest part of trade was being separated from his kids. Said he's involved in their lives "hard" and misses being around them.
“MY HANDS IS HOT” - Jodie Meeks after setting a new career-high with 36 points so far. Not really, but still. He should say that.
Raptors have recalled Dwight Buycks from D-League Bakersfield. He appeared in 3 games for the Jam since being reassigned on Wednesday
Meeks credited the confidence by D'Antoni for his no-worry shooting. MDA allows him to shoot thru his mistakes, Meeks said
Jodie Meeks had 18 points at halftime and has scored 18 more in the first 8 minutes of the third quarter.
The 36 points for Meeks, his career high, is also a Lakers individual season high (had been Nick Young's 31).
Lakers 77, Thunder 72 with 3:42 left in the 3rd quarter. Jodi Meeks with a game-high 36 points. http://t.co/2Qn2py3HPk
Meeks has nearly half the Lakers points -- his 36 is the most points scored by a Laker this season, per Lakers PR
JODIE MEEKS BE LIKE
Jodie Meeks has been downright Durant-ish today. The 36 points come on only 14 FGA's, thanks to 6 of 9 3's and 12 of 12 FT's.
Wow, Jodie Meeks. This is amazing.
Gerald Green and Jodie Meeks combined the past two games against the Thunder: 77 points, 13 threes.
Asked Reggie Evans what his reaction was when he learned of trade in Utah: "I just dapped everybody up. I’m out. That was it. I’m out."
Jodie Meeks now 36 points 77-72 Lakers - shooting 9-14, 6-9 from 3 and 12-12 from the line
Jodie Meeks hits his sixth 3-pointer to put Lakers up 77-72. Kendall Marshall's celebration was priceless.
Meeks going back to his days at UK.
Meeks continues to add to his career high. He's up to 36 points. Lakers lead 77-72.
Jodie Meeks, skipping for joy. 36 points in 26 minutes. LAL 77, OKC 72.
Second consecutive game the Thunder have allowed a new career-high to someone. Gerald Green had 41 on Thursday, Jodie Meeks has 32 today.
Meeks with career high 33 points so far. He said the other day he's taking advantage of increased minutes
Confirmed - Jodie Meeks' previous career high was 31 - he's at 33 in the third period
Meeks has 33 pts on 13 shot attempts, BTW. He's 5-of-8 from 3 and 12-for-12 on FTs
Not sure if that’s Jodie Meeks or Kobe Bryant…even Kevin Durant was all confused looking at the scoreboard.
Big 3-pointer for Meeks. Gives him a new career high 33 points and the Lakers a 74-72 lead.