Rajon Rondo double-doubled on Saturday’s night game with a season-high 21 points (10/22 FG, 1/6 3PT), 12 rebounds (also a season-high), eight assists and one steal by starting in place of sick LeBron James in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 125-110 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Lakers, who have won eight straight games, improved to 32-7 and currently lead the West.
“I said it earlier this season, Rajon’s impact is measured in swag. He just brings a confidence to the group. Barking out coverages on the defensive end and controlling the action offensively … The biggest uptick the past few games with him is we’re trying to encourage him to play with offensive pace. When he’s doing that, and making those decisions in the open court, we’re pretty tough to stop,” Vogel said of Rondo, per Silver Screen and Roll.