Jodie Meeks scored a career-high 42 points against the Thunder on Sunday. (Facebook/LA Lakers)
Very few picked the Los Angeles Lakers to upset the best-team in the West on Sunday, but the Lakers managed to shock the Oklahoma City Thunder, winning 114-110.
When Oklahoma City came to town, the last thing they expected was a loss. Then again the last thing they expected was for Lakers’ Jodie Meeks to score a career-high 42 points.
Meeks played the game of his career dropping 20 in the third quarter, and scored 42 points on 18 shots. Meeks is the first Laker (other than Kobe Bryant) to score 40 points since Andrew Bynum back on January 21 of 2009.
Down by as many as 18, the Lakers came alive in the second half. Normally the third quarter is the demise of LA, but this time it saved them. Meeks led the way as the Lakers outscored the Thunder 36-19 in the third.
The drought in treys came to an end as LA shot 41.9 percent from the 3-point line and 46.9 percent from the field.
Pau Gasol was one of the four starters to end in double figures. Gasol had a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Kent Bazemore added 11 points, seven which came in the fourth quarter.
As for OKC, Kevin Durant posted a triple-double while Westbrook fell shy of it. Durant finished with 27 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. Westbrook added 20 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.
Aside from the thousands of Lakers fans cheering at Staples Center, another team must have been watching closely. With this loss, the San Antonio Spurs now reign as the team with the best record in the Western Conference. The Spurs are also tied for the best record in the NBA with the Indiana Pacers.
As for OKC, they have lost their second straight and drop to 26-6 on the season.
With 18 games left, the Lakers need to find a way to play with energy. OKC will have a chance to redeem themselves sooner than later as they face the Lakers in Oklahoma City on Thursday.