I think we learned two things tonight that we probably already kind of knew:
1) The Lakers genuinely aren’t very good, especially without Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol.
2) The Thunder are genuinely very good, especially with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
Other than a brief 11-0 run to finish the first quarter, this thing was a straight punking. Kevin Durant turned Staples Center into Rucker Park for a while, scoring a season-high 42 on 16-25 shooting. Russell Westbrook had 27, 10 assists and seven rebounds. The Thunder shot 50.6 percent from the floor and held the Lakers to 39.8 percent. KD was a +35. Westbrook a +28. As long as one of those two were on the floor tonight, the Lakers had about as much chance of staying close as Hasheem Thabeet has touching his toes. Keep Reading…