Kobe Bryant missed out with a shoulder injury and the Los Angeles Lakers suffered a 118-78 hiding at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
In Bryant's absence, the Lakers offered little resistance to a mighty Oklahoma side, for whom Kevin Durant led scoring with 22 points and Russell Westbrook contributed 13 points and 11 assists.
The Thunder earned a seventh win in eight games, and eighth straight victory at home, while the struggle for the Lakers continues, their record worsening to 4-23 for the season.
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Lakers coach Byron Scott expressed dismay, saying according to the Los Angeles Times: " Kobe's fearless. These guys looked like they were scared or intimidated by Durant and (Russell) Westbrook."
Carmelo Anthony's 27-point game spurred the New York Knicks to a 107-91 home success against the Chicago Bulls, a fourth win in a row.
John Wall matched Anthony's haul as he helped the Washington Wizards to a 109-101 win over the Charlotte Hornets, while the Los Angeles Clippers lost 107-97 to the Houston Rockets and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Indiana Pacers 96-84.