The Lakers fell apart defensively on Tuesday night, giving up 127 points to the Thunder in Oklahoma City.
The combination of Russell Westbrook, Enes Kanter and Dion Waiters dominated the Lakers. Westbrook finished with 27 points and 11 assists, Kanter scored 25 points with 16 rebounds and Waiters added 23 points.
Lakers rookie Jordan Clarkson finished with a career-night, scoring 30 points in the loss on 12 of 19 shooting with seven assists and three blocked shots.
Coach Byron Scott missed the game, after the passing of his mother. Assistant Paul Pressey ran the team, starting Jeremy Lin and Ryan Kelly per Scott's instruction. Jordan Hill and Carlos Boozer both sat out, giving way to the team's younger players.
The Lakers have dominated teams on the glass over the past month, but the Thunder out-rebounded the Lakers 49-28 -- perhaps having something to do with veterans Hill and Boozer watching as spectators.
The Thunder shot 55.8% from the field and 52.4% from three-point range (11-21). The Lakers weren't far behind at 51.8% and 47.4% (9-19), but their issue for the night was clearly on the defensive side of the ball.
With the loss, the Lakers (18-51) lose the first of five-straight road games. They'll visit the Minnesota Timberwolves (16-54) on Wednesday. The Thunder (41-30) next play the Spurs (44-25) in San Antonio, also on Wednesday.
The Thunder hit 100 points in 36 minutes, as the Lakers' defense didn't make the trip to Oklahoma City.
Despite the deficit, rookie Jordan Clarkson played arguably his best game as a pro, scoring 25 points with seven assists, four rebounds and three blocked shots in 31 minutes. Clarkson hit 10 of 16 shots with two turnovers.
As a team, the Lakers shot 52.3% from the field.
Jeremy Lin tried to keep the Lakers close to the Thunder, scoring 16 points with five assists in 18 minutes, but the team fell behind by 15 going into the half.
The Lakers also got 12 points and three assists from Jordan Clarkson, but the team's issue in Oklahoma City in the first half was on the defensive side of the game.
Ryan Kelly added 10 points for the Lakers, as the team shot 47.6% from the field. The Thunder doubled up with 28 rebounds to the Lakers' 14.
The Thunder quickly pulled ahead of the Lakers, led by Enes Kanter who hit a double-double in 12 minutes of play with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
The Lakers shot 47.6% from the field. Both teams turned the ball over three times.
While the Lakers have dominated teams on the glass recently, the Thunder held a 17 to seven rebounding advantage.
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