Young legs ran circles around veteran mettle.

Thunder blue routed Laker purple. Rest trumped rust. And Russ trumped them all.

Russell Westbrook was the best player on a court full of all-stars, Kevin Durant was right there with him and the Thunder celebrated the end of a nine-day layoff with a 119-90 thrashing Monday night that sent a clear message.

The Thunder is back. Back on the court. Back in the saddle of where it was before an April swoon lifted the Spurs to the Western Conference favorite role in the NBA playoffs.

In Game 1 of this West semifinal series, the Thunder left the Lakers exasperated. Kobe Bryant went from frustrated to laughing at the futility by the fourth quarter. Twin towers Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol sat on the bench for what seemed like forever after the game, trying to make sense of this run-rule. Rookie Devin Ebanks got ejected late and stripped to his waist, ala Bynum from a year ago, when the Lakers were unceremoniously swept by the Mavericks in the second round.

Don't look now, but with the Thunder playing like this, another sweep is possible.