LAL – OKC: Game 2 Postgame #’s

We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s crushing 77-75 Game 2 loss to Oklahoma City to fall down 2-0 in the Round 2 series:

Point lead the Lakers held with 2:08 to play after consecutive buckets from Andrew Bynum made it 75-68. L.A. then completely lost the edge they’d carried throughout a second half in which OKC had made only 7 of 27 shots, allowing the Thunder to score on four of the final five possessions. Kobe Bryant missed two jumpers, Steve Blake missed a good look at a three with five seconds left that would have put L.A. up two, and the two guards combined for two critical turnovers that occurred 30 feet away from the hoop.

Missed three-pointers for the Lakers, who connected on only two in the contest.

Fewer field goals made by the Thunder from their Game 1 victory, in which they hit 44 of 83 shots for 119 points. In Game 2, LAL had allowed only 25 field goals up until those fatal final two minutes, at which point OKC made 4 of its final 5 shots, the go-ahead bucket from the baseline for Kevin Durant. They were under 40 percent until that point, finishing the game at 42 percent.

Points for Kobe Bryant, but it took him 25 shots to get there. Bynum matched with 20 points of his own on 8 of 19 shooting, plus nine rebounds and excellent pick and roll defense for much of the game.

Russell Westbrook’s shooting percentage on 5 of 17 from the field, the Lakers making an excellent adjustment on him by trapping his pick and roll sets aggressively. Westbrook had only 15 points, after his 10 for 15 Game 1 produced 29 points in 27 minutes.

Rebounds for the Lakers, five more than Oklahoma City, the second straight game L.A. had the rebounding edge. Of the 19 games OKC was out-rebounded in the regular season, they won only five, but still managed to pull out two victories, one easy, one very difficult.

Fewer Thunder points in Game 2 than Game 1, making the loss sting all the more for L.A., since it came at the Lakers’ pace.