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Thunder rout Lakers 105-86

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Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Oklahoma City Thunder came into the game against the Los Angeles Lakers with a chip on their shoulder because they knew they shouldn’t have lost to the Denver Nuggets on Monday.

I think this was sort of a letdown game for LA because they just clinched the No. 1 seed.

Regardless of all of this, OKC is a force to be reckoned with.

On Wednesday, the Thunder looked mighty good. Chris Paul finished the night with 21 points, seven rebounds, and six assists in the win. Danilo Gallinari scored 19 points, and Steven Adams added 18 points to the winning cause for the Thunder (42-25) who are now even with the Houston Rockets for the fifth seed in the Western Conference with just five games left in the Bubble.

OKC is now 2-1 in Orlando.

LeBron James produced 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers (51-16), who dropped to 2-2 in the Bubble.

Another fantastic stat for the Thunder: the 86 points were the fewest by the Lakers — and by a Thunder opponent — this season, ESPN reported.

OKC may have been 5-of-24 from 3-point land, but their steadfast defense and their incredible free throw stat (32-for-36) helped them seal the win.

I think our friend Harrison Faigen over at Silver Screen & Roll said it best.