Here’s a sampling of some of the more outstanding numbers from L.A.’s 114-106 double overtime win over Oklahoma City on Sunday:
Minutes of overtime played by Andrew Bynum, who said after the contest that he played very poorly (5 for 15 field goals, eight rebounds in 29 minutes), and that Jordan Hill deserved the extra minutes he got. To Mike Brown, the biggest reason was pick and roll defense: “I did not think that Drew and even Pau at times were up the floor in pick and roll coverage. (OKC) is a dangerous pick and roll team that comes off (screens) and can do a lot of things. Just Jordan Hill’s activity (there) was better than all our bigs. You have to be able to give support to the on-ball defender.”
Points per game Kobe Bryant trails Kevin Durant after Durant scored 35 to Bryant’s 26, leaving Durant percentage points above Bryant’s 27.9 per game.
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Lakers turnovers in the fourth quarter and two overtimes, which helped hold OKC to only two fast break points over the period in which L.A. erased a 16-point deficit to eventually win the game 114-106.
Key three pointers hit in the final 4:34 of the fourth quarter by the Lakers after they started the game 0 for 8 from distance before Steve Blake (4:34, 3:20) nailed two triples to get the Lakers within five points. Kobe Bryant dropped two bombs that put L.A. up one and then up two with 1:21 and 51.9 seconds to play, the first in dramatic one-footed/leaning style as the shot clock expired. Blake also hit a key triple in double overtime, beating the shot clock with Russell Westbrook flying at him. OKC still shot slightly better overall from distance at 33.3 percent (8 for 24) to LAL’s 31.3 percent (5 of 16).
Westbrook’s shooting percentage for the game on 3 for 22 attempts, including 0 for 4 from three-point range. Westbrook did make some key plays down the stretch, drawing three fouls to make six of his eight total free throws, but Bryant was largely able to force him taking contested jump shots and keep him out of transition. OKC’s PG had 14 points in 47 minutes with his 10 assists.
Game-high rebounds from sub Jordan Hill, who played 35 minutes, including the entire 10 minutes of overtime and most of the fourth quarter, despite having played a total of about 16 minutes in five previous appearances since the Lakers acquired him at the trade deadline in the Derek Fisher trade to Houston. Mike Brown had called Hill at 2 a.m. after the team arrived home from a blowout loss at San Antonio on Friday night and told him to be ready to play. Said Hill: “(Coach Brown) wanted somebody to come out there and get rebounds, wanted more athleticism, somebody that could run the floor and score a little bit. We talked and I said, ‘Hey, I’m here.’ He called me and I did what I had to do.”
Minutes played by Matt Barnes, who sprained his right ankle in the second quarter. The sprain was called “moderate” by the team, and Barnes is expected to be ready for the playoffs if not the final regular season game on Thursday at Sacramento.
Minutes played by Metta World Peace before his ejection due to an elbow during a dunk celebration that hit James Harden directly in the back of the head. World Peace apologized after the game for being too emotional about the dunk. He called it “unfortunate” and “unintentional,” apologized to Harden and the Thunder and said he hopes Harden is OK.
L.A.’s biggest deficit, which came with 26.6 seconds left in the third quarter when Thabo Sefolosha hit a three-pointer. L.A. got two Kobe free throws to close the quarter down 16 points with 12 minutes to play.
Lakers offensive rebounds, including six apiece from Pau Gasol and Hill, who alone had only two fewer than the Thunder as a team.
Fourth quarter points scored by the Lakers, who held the Thunder to just 14 points on 4 of 19 field goals. Bryant had nine, Gasol seven, Blake and Ebanks six apiece and Hill two.
Field goal attempts for Kevin Durant, who made only 11 to finish with 35 points. He hit 4 of 10 three-pointers and nine of 10 free throws and had a game-high five turnovers, being defended by Metta World Peace in the first half and Devin Ebanks in the second. Durant simply missed some wide open shots he normally hits, but Mike Brown was pleased with how close Ebanks stayed to OKC’s MVP candidate, particularly in double OT when Ebanks came up with consecutive steals in the final minute, helping the Lakers seal the win.