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Oklahoma City Thunder: Eight minutes of 'wow' basketball sank the Golden Oldies

The aged Lakers can't handle the Thunder's fresh legs and quick hands, the young springs of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant
by Berry Tramel Published: December 8, 2012

Serge Ibaka rebounded a Laker miss, and six seconds later Westbrook nailed an 18-footer.

That was 15 fast-break points in 51/2 minutes.

“Easy points,” is how Westbrook described them, on a night when he scored 27 in the first half and left the Lakers shaking their heads.

“He just went crazy on us,” said L.A. coach Mike D'Antoni. “They are a great shooting basketball team and they hit a hot quarter.”

And left the Lakers at 9-11. The Lakers were short-handed, with Steve Nash and Pau Gasol out, but those grizzled vets will only make the Lakers older.

What? Nash is going to slow Westbrook?

Duhon looked like Ramon Sessions, the point guard the Lakers imported late last year to deal with the likes of Westbrook, and that got L.A. nowhere.

The Thunder now has beaten the Lakers seven times in nine meetings in the calendar year 2012, including the five-game triumph in the Western Conference semifinals last May.

L.A. went out and got Dwight Howard and Nash to combat the Thunder. Howard was a monster Friday night, with 23 points and 18 rebounds, and Kobe, 35 points on 11-of-24 shooting, continues to defy the age gods.

But otherwise, the Lakers just look old and worn out.

The Boomers look young and fresh. Thunder hands are active and feet are lively.

The Lakers knew the feeling. But not now.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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