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2018 Schedule
25-20, 2nd in Northwest
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Melo is having fun after accepting new role (0:47)
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Melo: Game is 'fun again' after accepting role

After scoring a game-high 27 points on Wednesday, Carmelo Anthony said the game is "starting to become fun again" as he has accepted his role with the Thunder.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

After saying that the Lakers let Memphis "punk us all over the floor" on Monday, Luke Walton said OKC "beat us up" and that the Lakers "weren't tough" as Los Angeles surrendered 21 offensive rebounds. The Lakers were out-rebounded 54-30 as Steven Adams set the tone with his 21 points and 10 rebounds (seven offensive). The Lakers' starting five totaled eight rebounds. "We weren't tough," Walton said. "They beat us up... the way Adams was doing whatever he wanted out there on the floor, we're not really giving ourselves a chance to win the game… We've got to realize certain teams like Memphis, OKC, Minnesota, these are big, strong men. We've got to be ready to fight and unfortunately we were not tonight."

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Thunder topple Lonzo-less Lakers (1:37)

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

It was a pretty complete, and dominant, second half for the Thunder against the Lakers, outscoring them 54-36 to pull away impressively. In two meetings against the Lakers, the Thunder have a plus-61 margin. In this one, it was Carmelo Anthony who cooked, carving up any defender in front of him as Steven Adams manhandled the Lakers on the interior. Westbrook and George didn't shoot it well, but it didn't matter as the talent gap between the teams couldn't have been more obvious.

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Westbrook puts on a ballhandling clinic for Brewer (0:22)
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Westbrook lobs to Adams for athletic alley-oop (0:15)
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Melo overpowers Hart for and-1 jumper (0:27)

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

OKC's offense looked quite good in the first half, moving the ball and finding efficient looks, but Julius Randle has torched them on the other end. That's been the story for the Thunder the last couple weeks, an inability to play a game with both ends of the floor clicking.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Floyd Mayweather just sat down courtside in Oklahoma City, next to Russell Westbrook's brother, Ray.

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Ferguson sacrifices his body on George's dunk (0:19)

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Westbrook has started out 1-8 shooting, which most recently includes getting rim-checked on a dunk attempt. After it, he ripped off the tape on his left thumb.

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Melo has the touch from deep early (0:34)

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Something to watch: Russell Westbrook ran to the locker room during pregame warmups and was not on the floor during the national anthem, coming back out with his left thumb taped up. It appears to be bothering him some, with him grimacing at times, but after Billy Donovan asked him if he was OK, Westbrook quickly said, "I'm good."

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Westbrook hits Roberson in stride for dunk (0:19)
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Westbrook in all white for Wednesday match up (0:16)
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Melo goes monochromatic for matchup with Lakers (0:15)

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Andre Roberson is back in his starting spot tonight against the Lakers. He's missed the last eight games with knee tendinitis.

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Tensions high between NBA players and officials (0:53)

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Russell Westbrook asked about player-referee relationships and if it's changed since he's come into the league: "I don't know."

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Who should be the West's starting All-Star guards? (0:57)

Team Stats

Points Per Game104.119th
Rebounds Per Game44.510th
Assists Per Game20.826th
Points Allowed101.03rd

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Team History

YEARWLPCT
2017-182520.556
2016-174735.573
2015-165527.671
2014-154537.549
2013-145923.720