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OKC Thunder shows no rust in beating Lakers 119-90

The Lakers' Metta World Peace was showered with boos, the Thunder's Kendrick Perkins returned and Oklahoma City opened its NBA Western Conference Semifinals series with a 119-90 blowout of the Lakers in Game 1 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
by Ryan Aber Published: May 15, 2012

After more than a week off, the Thunder didn't show any rust Monday night against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers' Metta World Peace was showered with boos, the Thunder's Kendrick Perkins returned and Oklahoma City opened its NBA Western Conference Semifinals series with a 119-90 blowout of the Lakers in Game 1 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Russell Westbrook nearly had a triple double, with 27 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds as the Thunder led by 15 by halftime and eventually handed the Lakers their worst defeat of the season.

The Thunder did it by shooting 53 percent from the field and turning the ball over just four times.

Their previous low turnover total this season was 10.

“We've had four in the first six minutes of the games sometimes,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “We did a great job of taking care of the basketball. That's one of the things that we talked about all year and we've really done a good job of that.”

The Thunder hosts Game 2 at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Thunder fans made their displeasure with World Peace apparent before the game and reminded him of it every time he touched the ball.

It was World Peace's first appearance in Oklahoma City since a vicious elbow to the head of James Harden on April 22 in Los Angeles.

World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, was suspended for seven games for the incident while Harden missed the Thunder's last two regular-season games.

When he was introduced before the game, the sold-out crowd of 18,203 greeted World Peace with a loud but short chorus of boos.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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