Kobe, Magic, Kareem and Jodie Meeks. The reason why Meeks is listed in that elite company is because in Sunday’s win over the Thunder, he joined that company as the 4th Lakers player to go perfect from the free throw line (10+ attempts) since the NBA/ABA merger. His 14 free throws is also a career high as well as the 42 total points scored. He also tied a career high with 6 3-pointers.
“He got on fire,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “He has really improved his game. Defensively, he was out of sight on Russell Westbrook the whole time. He put out a lot of energy in this game, but he has been doing that on a pretty consistent basis. Jodie has been our most consistent performer. It’s really fun to watch someone get better.”
After 61 games of not allowing a player score 40, the Thunder have allowed players in consecutive games to do it – Gerald Green and Meeks.
“We lost. In some games, someone will have 40 points on you that is not supposed to have 40,” Durant said.
For the Thunder, KD had a triple double and although Westbrook flirted with one, he had a pretty tough night missing 16 of his 23 shots and turning the ball over (8) as many times as he recorded an assist.
We need to have a sense of urgency, knowing that teams are coming at us every night,” Westbrook said. “I missed some shots, but I do not think the game is all about shooting.”
It might not be but it sure is fun when your shot is on.
“Being in a rhythm like that is fun, but getting a win is also fun. That was most important thing. We were down 18, so I was trying to do anything I could to help the team get back in the game.”