LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Lakers were a 50-50 proposition Monday night, shooting 50 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range. Meanwhile, the Thunder was an all-around mess offensively, shooting just 42.5 percent from the field and 9.1 percent from 3-point range. Those numbers obviously point to a mismatch, yet the Thunder was in it until the bitter end of a 101-94 loss to the Lakers on Martin Luther King Day. OKC didn't go down without a fight, thanks to the explosive play of point guard Russell Westbrook, who was raised in nearby Hawthorne and played college ball at UCLA. Westbrook finished with 32 points and 12 assists and led a pair of furious second-half comebacks when the Thunder was presumed dead. OKC narrowed a 15-point deficit to three in the third quarter and a nine-point deficit to four in the final period, but never got over the hump against the two-time defending world champions. "It wasn't anything in the fourth quarter (that lost the game), it's a process throughout the whole game," Westbrook said. The Thunder, which is now 0-7 against the Lakers inside Staples Center, had a chance to win with less than a minute to play. With OKC trailing 98-94, Thunder forward Jeff Green's 3-point attempt from the corner hit high off the rim and bounded two more times before failing to find the mark with 52 seconds left. The Thunder shot 2 for 22 from 3-point range, including 1 for 13 after intermission. Kevin Durant was 1 for 8, James Harden was 1 for 6 and Green was 0 for 5. "They got stops when it counted," Green said. "That's how you win games and that's what they did." Thunder coach Scott Brooks and his players were careful to credit the Lakers on their performance, but they also were careful not to give LA full credit. "They have length, they protect the basketball very well and they have a good wing defender in (Ron) Artest," Brooks said, "but we didn't move the ball very well. We didn't do a good job of moving the basketball. We were playing too much isolation basketball and that hurt us. "The Lakers, they make you do things that you don't want to do, and that's what makes them a good team." It was the first meeting between the teams since the first round of last year's playoffs, when the Lakers ended the Thunder's season with a last-second 95-94 victory in Game 6 at Oklahoma City. In last year's finale, Durant shot 5 for 23 from the field against the Lakers. On Monday, he went 8 for 24. "I got the ball in the position I wanted to get it," said Durant, who finished with 24 points and eight rebounds. "I missed 'em." Off the bench, Serge Ibaka had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Nick Collison added eight points, five rebounds and three assists. The loss snapped the Thunder's four-game winning streak. At the midway point of the season, OKC is 27-14 overall and currently is the No. 3 playoff seed in the Western Conference. The Lakers are 31-12 and the No. 2 seed. Forward Pau Gasol had 21 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots for the Lakers. Guard Kobe Bryant had 21 points and seven assists. Point guard Derek Fisher had a season-high 15 points, while center Andrew Bynum had 10 points and 10 rebounds despite foul trouble. Reserve forward Lamar Odom had 16 points and seven rebounds off the bench. "It's a good win for us," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "We've been playing better. We know that we've got a ways to improve, things to do, but our intensity is right on a back-to-back night." The Lakers were coming off a Sunday afternoon loss to the LA Clippers. The Thunder plays at Denver on Wednesday night.