The Los Angeles Lakers had a complete collapse against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night. For the first time in franchise history, the Lakers lost a game after holding a lead of 25 points or greater. The frustration of the blown lead boiled over at the end of the game.
With the game in hand, Thunder forward Darius Bazley stole an inbounds pass with three seconds to play. After Bazley dunked the ball, Lakers guard Russell Westbrook made it clear he didn't like Bazley showing up the Lakers. Westbrook received a second technical foul and was ejected for going after Bazley following the play.
Postgame, Westbrook said, “It is what it is. I don’t think I should have gotten the first tech … If the last one was a tech, that’s cool. But, just how I play the game — I’m old school. When shit like that happens, I don’t let it slide. I’ll take it on the chin and move on.”
The former Thunder guard added, “But in the game of basketball, there’s just certain things you don’t do. Like in baseball, you don’t flip the bat. There’s certain things you just don’t do in sports. Game’s already over. And I didn’t like it, simple as that.”
Prior to the ejection, Westbrook had put up a triple-double, but also turned the ball over 10 times.