Ferguson Scores 24 In First Start, OKC Blasts Lakers

Thursday, January 4th 2018, 10:29 am

By: News 9

Russell Westbrook had 20 points and 12 assists in a successful return home and rookie Terrance Ferguson scored 24 in his first career start as the Oklahoma City Thunder routed the Lakers 133-96 on Wednesday night, handing Los Angeles its eighth consecutive defeat.

Paul George also scored 24 points and Carmelo Anthony added 21 to complement Westbrook, the reigning MVP who was born in Long Beach and went to college at UCLA.

The Lakers were led by rookie Kyle Kuzma's 18 points. They shot just 41.3 percent from the field, while the Thunder shot 60.2 percent.

Ferguson skipped college to play professionally for one year in Australia. He connected on nine of 12 shots, and the 24 points - all coming in the second half - easily surpassed his previous career high of seven.

The Lakers jumped out to a 10-0 lead to start the game, but were caught at 26-all by the end of the period.

The Thunder took control in the second quarter, outscoring the Lakers 37-18 as George had 13 points in the period.

Despite the additions of George and Anthony this season, Westbrook leads the team in points, rebounds and assists. Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan said Westbrook is no longer the young player who came up with Kevin Durant trying to establish himself.

"He is always trying to do what's best for the team. He didn't shoot the ball particularly well early (this season)," Donovan said. "He puts a tremendous about of responsibility and ownership on himself as a point guard - that it's his job to get those guys involved. He was trying to get those guys involved."

The Thunder are right back in the Staples Center to face the Clippers Thursday night. 


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