Percent of field goals OKC opened the third quarter hitting, 12 of 15 makes plus 13 of 14 free throws, blowing the game wide open, the lead pushing to 30 points in the process.
Points in the paint for OKC, despite 119 total points, revealing how many jump shots the Thunder drained in the contest. Mike Brown cited a lack of pick and roll defensive execution following the game, opening Westbrook and Durant up for open jump shots when the bigs didn’t come all the way out to contest shots. “We have to do a better job of executing our pick and roll coverage the way we had talked about … if we don’t and they’re able to turn the corner like they did tonight, it’s going to be a tough night for us.”
Combined free throws hit by Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and James Harden, two more than their usual game average (in a quarter’s less work, no less).
Rebounds for Andrew Bynum in his 31 minutes, plus 20 points on 7 of 12 FG’s for the lone double-double in the game. Kobe Bryant also managed 20 points on 7 of 18 field goals with 5 of 7 free throws in three quarters of work before sitting the final period with L.A. down 30.
First half turnovers for the Lakers, leading to 16 OKC points, compared to just one Thunder turnover on the other end. That was the biggest difference in an otherwise mostly competitive first half, in which L.A. trailed by seven until
Jump shots hit by Westbrook, who terrorized L.A. all night, finishing with 27 points, nine assists and seven boards in three quarters of work (28 minutes). Only three of his field goals came in the paint, just one at the rim, as L.A. went under on pick and rolls. We’ll see what adjustment is made into Game 2.
Thunder turnovers, which head coach Scott Brooks said was the fewest they’ve committed all season, compared to 15 for the Lakers, which resulted in 22 OKC points.